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Bonhams Photographs auctions span the history of photography from the 19th century to the present day, with works by established American and European photographers as well as up-and-coming, contemporary practitioners. We hold six auctions a year and contribute to many cross-departmental sales.

Our department offers collectors the opportunity to own images at the heart of our visual culture, from highly sought-after names including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Walker Evens, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Peter Beard, Edward Weston, Salgado Weegee, Andreas Gursky and many more. In 2021, we held a single-owner sale of Edward Curtis photographs in Los Angeles, as well as an online auction dedicated to Ruth Orkin, both achieving successful results.

Buying and selling photographs at Bonhams
With offices and representatives in nearly 50 locations, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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James Leighton


James Leighton is a Specialist for Fine Photographs at Bonhams Skinner. He joined the American & European Works of Art department in 2021. Prior to arriving at Bonhams Skinner, he held a curatorial ro…

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Lillian Jonsons

Associate Specialist

Lillian Jonsons is an Associate Specialist in Bonhams' Photographs department in New York. She assists with property sourcing and manages all cataloging and research for consigned photographs company …

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Robin Starr

Vice President | American & European Works of Art

Robin S.R. Starr is Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner, one of the company's most important departments. She manages a staff of specialists who appraise…

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