Bonhams : Post-War and Contemporary Art

Our Post-War & Contemporary Art Department has carved out a distinct identity within the global marketplace, defined by connoisseurship, a long-term approach with our clients and a reputation for offering Evening Sale treatment for every lot consigned.

Over the past five years, the department has grown by more than 1,000%, while simultaneously halving the number of lots offered. This has resulted in more tightly curated sales, ensuring that each and every work is carefully selected for its quality, price and importance. This allows us to draw closer attention to the top works in our auctions, employing highly personalized marketing campaigns to target only the best and most discerning collectors in the field.

This period has seen the average sell-through rate grow from 65% to 95%, illustrating how consignments to our sales have benefitted from the highest possible level of presentation and attention.

It has also witnessed all of the company's highest results for Post-War & Contemporary Art, with international highlights including:
· £2,042,500 (US $2,621,007): Frank Auerbach, E.O.W. on her Blue Eiderdown V, 1963 - an exceptional early work
· £1,565,000 (US $ 2,008,262): Mark Bradford, Dream Deferral, 2009
· £1,586,200 (US $1,974,257): Kazuo Shiraga, Untitled (Red Fan), 1965 - a world record for Gutai sculpture
· £1,074,787 (US $1,387,500): Hans Hofmann, A Certain Mood, 1959 - an exceptional example
· £1,070,500 (US $1,373,703): Andy Warhol, Mao, 1973 - an iconic painting from the series

Post-War & Contemporary Art department offers unrivaled personal attention, dedication, time and placement – and the best possible chance not only of selling, but also of achieving the highest possible result.

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