Bonhams hold two major auctions each year of the very best of Modern British & Irish painting, sculpture and drawing. These carefully curated sales take place at our New Bond Street headquarters, London, in June and November.

From Edwardian Art to Camden Town, The Bloomsbury Group, British Surrealism, Neo-Romanticism, St Ives, Constructivism, Post-War and The London School, we offer a wide range of artists and movements through these dedicated sales.

Previously sold highlights include Henry Moore's important 1929 alabaster carving, Mask, that made an impressive £3,248,750 (a record price at auction for a 1920s sculpture by any British artist), Looking Toward Mornington Crescent Station by Frank Auerbach (£1,059,082), L.S. Lowry's Steps at Wick (£890,500) and Sir Stanley Spencer's seminal painting Garden Path Cookham Rise fetched £769,250, as well as 1928 Pill Creek by Ben Nicholson (£722,500) from the esteemed Cyril Reddihough Collection.

The department is proud to have achieved a number of world auction records for works on paper and dominate this market for L.S. Lowry, Paul Nash, John Minton, William Roberts and John Craxton in particular. Bonhams hold the highest price for celebrated painter Walter Richard Sickert and nine of the top ten for Algernon Newton. Other records include those for Helen Bradley, Sheila Fell, Sir Kyffin Williams, Tristram Hillier and John Nash. The department also consistently performs well with sculpture by artists such as Lynn Chadwick, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Dame Barbara Hepworth, amongst others.

Our team of specialists are based in London and are primarily supported by our operations in New York, California, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Dublin as well as our network of regional offices. They travel regularly and have over fifty years collective experience at Bonhams advising private collectors as well as corporate and public institutions on all aspects of their collections. We are delighted to also offer Modern British & Irish Art through three dedicated sales a year at our Knightsbridge saleroom.

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