Bonhams

Analysis
Art market

Sanyu, Zao Wou-Ki and Liu Ye: the Asian masters fetching millions at the Hong Kong auctions

Despite pandemic delays and the new National Security Law, the spring sales in the city last week fetched solid results

Blog
Diary

Squaring up: artists’ cubed creations raise money for Parkinson’s research

News
Bonhams

Bonhams chief executive Matthew Girling to leave auction house

Former jewellery specialist, who joined the firm in 1988, will be replaced by Bruno Vinciguerra, who will also continue in his role as executive chairman

News
Salvador Dalí

Dalí and Gala with their 'heads full of clouds' go up for sale at Bonhams

Work will be offered without guarantee from the collection of the late Modernist composer Giancinto Scelsi

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Diary

Is this a previously unknown portrait of Queen Elizabeth I?

News
Art market

Carved from a youth centre's walls, Keith Haring mural sells at Bonhams New York for $3.86m

The Grace House Mural becomes the first and only such site-specific work by the artist to be sold at auction

Analysis
Auctions

Countdown to the auction block: one Rodin's journey from consignment to sale room

How a work of art comes to auction is far from a simple process and its place in the eventual sale order is crucial

Preview
Art market

Confidence may be low, but New York's auctions are aiming high

Can the quality of the smaller works coming up during "gigaweek" quell economic jitters?

News
Art market

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang designer's giant machine sculptures up for auction

Rowland Emett's Cloud Cuckoo Valley automata will be for sale at Bonhams in September and on view in August

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Art market

Rabbit hops to a record $91m at Christie's as Jeff Koons once again becomes the world's most expensive living artist

Post-war and contemporary sale in New York also produced a big sale for Robert Rauschenberg and new records for Louise Bourgeois and Jonas Wood

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In the frame

Juergen Teller's helping hand for Demelza hospice kids

Podcast

Art Basel in Hong Kong, Richard Lin and the Met’s World Between Empires

We talk to Marc Spiegler, global director of Art Basel; discuss the forgotten artist Richard Lin; and speak to the curators of a New York exhibition on the ancient Middle East. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Object lessons

Object lessons: from a heart-shaped meteorite to a censored image of Joséphine Baker

Our highlights of works being sold over the next fortnight

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In the frame

Anish Kapoor and Carmen Herrera help raise record £500,000 sum for Cure3 Parkinson's initiative

News
Art market

Glenn Gould’s Bach hits the auction block

The late pianist’s 1981 annotated score of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the first of his manuscripts to come to market

Comment
Art market

Why the Christie's and Sotheby's duopoly is impregnable

The auction houses sell more than 80% of works priced over $1m at auction—can an underdog ever wrestle market share away from them?

News
Auctions

Phillips and Bonhams see strong sales on smaller lots

The auction houses' bottom lines suffered from unsold lots in their contemporary sales, continuing a trend of top-lot discernment during New York’s fall sales

Podcast

David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world's most expensive living artist

We talk to David Hockney about Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which broke an auction record this week, selling at Christie's New York for $90.3m with fees. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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In the frame

Art stars join the fight against Parkinson’s disease

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In the frame

Carmen Herrera and Anish Kapoor square up for Cure3 charity

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Art market

Abraaj Group liquidators to sell 200 works from art collection at Bonhams

Middle Eastern and South Asian works owned by embattled Dubai-based private equity firm carry much lower estimates than prices paid a decade ago

Podcast

Special: the rise and rise of contemporary African art

On the eve of the 1-54 fair for contemporary African art, we talk to an artist, a curator, an art fair founder, a gallerist and an auctioneer about the long overdue recognition of the diverse art of a continent. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Auctions

Bonhams auction house bought by Epiris private equity group

The British auction house brings in former Sotheby’s financial executive Bruno Vinciguerra as part of the deal

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In the frame

Rana Begum, Carmen Herrera and Edmund de Waal transform cubes in the fight against Parkinson’s

News
Art market

London’s contemporary art summer season in flux as middle market comes out on top

Christie’s introduces day sale format and established names give way to new talent

News
Art market

Is Bonhams for sale?

Advisory group NM Rothschild has reportedly been brought in to oversee a possible sale of the British auction house

News
Art market

Online sales, Asia and guarantees: auction house chiefs on the future of the business

The heads of Christie's, Bonhams and Phillips speak on market shifts, challenges and why they believe their model will succeed

News
Art market

Asia Week auctions reveal breadth of the market

Christie’s and Sotheby’s dominate in terms of value but smaller firms can compete in the field of Asian art, with the internet’s help

Old Masters

Podcast episode 12: Old Masters after the Leonardo and Art Basel in Miami Beach

We talk Titian, Constable, Veneziano, Wright of Derby, Van Dyck and, yes, Leonardo, with art historian Bendor Grosvenor. And we get Judd Tully’s views on Miami’s annual art fair.

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Art market

Three highlights from London's Old Master auctions

Rothschild's El Greco, a candlelit scene by Joseph Wright of Derby and an out of season crucifixion scene lead pre-Christmas sales

Archive
Sevso silver

Hungary takes control of half of Sevso silver

Budapest government strengthens claim for rest of long-disputed hoard after handing over €15m

Archive
Art market

Catalogues raisonnés rivals dispute Bonhams’s Modigliani

The authenticity of Jeune Fille aux Cheveux Noirs is questioned, but only by some experts

Archive
Art market

Turkish artists get more international exposure following art sale at UK auction houses

A careful look at the catalogues unveils some of the peculiar dynamics of the market for Turkish contemporary art

Archive
Art market

Collectors pay top prices for the highest quality work of Islamic classics

Christie’s totals higher, but Sotheby’s had the standout individual piece

Archive
Iran

Lukewarm reception of US's first Iranian contemporary art sale a reflection of tentative market

Experts blame poor sales on a dearth of representation in US museums

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Restitution

For sale: works seized by Stasi

The East German intelligence service confiscated hundreds of items in the 1970s and 1980s, which are now being returned to their rightful owners and their heirs

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Sevso silver

Hungary wants to negotiate with Lord Northampton over Sevso silver

Based on its belief that the Sevso silver rightfully belongs to Hungary, the Hungarian government is seeking an out-of-court settlement with Lord Northampton

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Sevso silver

Bonhams u-turns on no-sale of Sevso silver

Last month the auction house told us it would not sell the hoard, but now it says it might

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Sevso silver

Bonhams to show Sevso silver in first exhibition since its discovery

Scholars, curators, dealers and collectors have been invited to the private exhibition of the treasure known for its astonishing provenance

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Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey

LVMH’s Bernard Arnault pulls out of Bonhams

The luxury-goods mogul had owned a 49.9% stake in the auction house

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Kazimir Malevich

Mayfair gallery unveiling show, titled “Ape artists of the 1950s”

Dolphins, horses, dogs and elephants are redefining the notion of “art brut”

Archive
Auctions

London Impressionist and Modern art sales report: Modigliani and Matisse overtake soft-focus Impressionists

Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro and Degas are yesterday’s stars

Archive
Art market

There has been a softening in the middle-range of the art market

Percentage rates are down in many areas for the first half of the season

Archive
Art market

Contemporary decorative arts at Bonhams for £50 to £48,000

The 'futures' department aims at spotting the antiques of tomorrow

Archive
Auctions

The Charles E. Lees collection of 100 portrait miniatures is being sold at Bonhams

100 to be sold, including Thomas Cromwell from the studio of Hans Holbein

Archive
Art market

Have the salerooms killed off London as a major player in the Asian art market?

Top dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi blames the auction houses

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Benin Bronzes

Benin bronzes take limelight at sales of tribal art in London

Tribal art expected to do well at upcoming sales