Bonhams of New Bond Street boasts exemplary expertise in art, antiques, motors and jewellery with a modern auction experience. The refurbished headquarters, designed by architecture firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, and housing three auction rooms, was opened in 2013 by former London Mayor, Boris Johnson. They currently hold the record for the sale of a Russian painting (£7.9m), a South African painting (£3m) and the sale of the most valuable Old Master ever sold at auction at £17.1m.
Originally founded in London in 1793, Bonhams has become one of the most famous auction houses worldwide and its presence on the street has helped establish it as London’s fine art centre. In the recent history of the auctioneer, they have merged with specialists Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale in London and Butterfields in the United States to bring all four under the prestigious Bonhams name.
The Michelin-starred restaurant at Bonhams on New Bond Street is open for lunch reservations on weekdays from 12pm to 2pm and for dinner reservations on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 7pm and 9pm. Head Chef Tom Kemble serves up mouth-watering, modern European dishes, but the real highlight is the wine list chosen by Richard Harvey, Head of the Wine Department at the auction house, and Charlotte Logan Jones, the restaurant’s sommelier. Look out for upcoming Bonhams Wine Dinner events for an exquisite evening of wine pairings with expert winemakers. The restaurant is also open through the day for tea, coffee and light bites for auction goers to refresh themselves between important sales.
Bonhams also has a second London location in Knightsbridge and international outposts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, and Sydney.