How to buy

A simple step by step guide on how to buy at auction with Bonhams

Introduction to buying and selling at Bonhams

We employ leading specialists in a wide range of subjects from fine art and furniture, to wine and motor cars. Whatever your interests, you will get the expert knowledge and guidance you need.

Our global network of salerooms extends from Europe to the Far East, the Americas to Australia so we can connect you to the most prominent collectors and sellers in the world quickly and, when necessary, discreetly.

What can I buy or sell at Bonhams?
Fine art is at the forefront of what we do but Bonhams specialists also cover a huge range of other subjects and there are over 40 specialist departments, holding dedicated auctions at least once a year.

Where is Bonhams located?
Bonhams is a global business with specialists and salerooms worldwide. Our headquarters are in Great Britain in London's New Bond Street, with a further saleroom in Knightsbridge and others around the country. In Europe, there are offices in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Turkey. In America, Bonhams occupies a prominent location on Madison Avenue in New York with two salerooms on the West Coast in San Francisco and Los Angeles. We are also present in Canada, Brazil and Argentina. There are two series of auctions in Hong Kong each year. Bonhams has a team of specialists in Australia, holding regular auctions in Sydney.

How to get in touch/who to contact
You can use our contacts page to find your nearest Bonhams office then get in touch by phone or email. Alternatively, click onto 'departments' and use the search facility to find the specialist you wish to contact or look up the specific service you require.

Overview of the auction process
The detailed pages on this web site tell you all about buying and selling at Bonhams. They will guide you each step of the way, and we hope, help to make your experience an enjoyable and rewarding one.

How to buy
Everything you need to know about the buying process

How to sell
Everything you need to known about the selling process

Charges and commission
Please contact the relevant department for full details about what you will be charged if you buy or sell through Bonhams.

Glossary
A guide to all the terms and phrases you will hear as you go through the buying or selling process at Bonhams.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Customer Services & Bids (New York)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 212 644 9001
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9009
  3. Customer Services & Bids (San Francisco)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 415 861 7500
    FaxFax: +1 415 861 8951
  4. Customer Services & Bids (Los Angeles)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 323 850 7500
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 6090
  5. Customer Services (Hong Kong)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +852 2918 4321
    FaxFax: +852 2918 4320
  6. Customer Services (Australia)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +61 2 8412 2222
    FaxFax: +61 2 9475 4110
Contact a specialist
Click here to view a list of our specialist departments