Museum Services

Valuations, sales, acquisitions and support, specifically for museums, galleries and institutions.

With a global reach of offices and salerooms in the UK, US, Europe, Middle and Far East, and Australia, Bonhams has long established relationships with museums and galleries. Our specialists from over 50 fine art and collectable departments offer many services specifically for museum collections.

Our services include:

  • Valuations. Bonhams provide insurance and market level valuations of collections for outgoing loans, bequests and indemnity schedules. We work within the museum's specific budget and can provide valuations of varied collections over a period of years. Our valuations can be provided in an online search-specific database format.
  • Sales. Bonhams has a dedicated team devoted to the issue of museum disposals. We provide appraisals with auction estimates together with a detailed proposal for sale either by auction or by private treaty. Bonhams is unique among international auction houses in securing consignors' funds in a separate trust account, separate from operating capital.
  • Acquisitions. Bonhams specialist departments offer a complete service providing detailed condition reports regarding objects, arranging early viewing prior to auction, and organising shipping post sale.
  • Cultural development. Bonhams supports various museum awareness and fundraising activities by providing auctioneers for events, hosting receptions in our gallery space and offering our specialists as guest speakers at museum events.

Download a sample Bonhams valuation report

Contact us:
Contact Bonhams Valuation team on [email protected]

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