Bonhams

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Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London,
W1 1SR, United Kingdom

Phone
020 7468 5801
Average Selling Price (Last 24 Months)
£119,102
Highest Selling Price
£25,016,400

Bonhams is a rarity among the major international fine art auction houses, as classic cars are at the heart of its business.

The genesis of the modern company began in 1989 when Robert Brooks left Christie’s, where he had headed the car department, to launch Brooks as a specialist classic car auction house based in London. At Christie’s Brooks had wielded the gavel to knock down the Type 41 Bugatti Royale for a world record £5.5 million in 1987.

In the early 1990s Malcolm Barber joined from Sotheby’s car department, and in 2000 the development of the company moved up a gear with the acquisition of Bonhams, followed shortly thereafter when the European auction business of Phillips was merged into the business, the new company adopting the Bonhams brand.

From its headquarters in London’s New Bond Street, Bonhams today holds a central position in the UK classic car market, with a portfolio of international showcase sales. Highilghts include the annual Aston Martin sale at the Aston Martin Works Centre, a sale during the Paris Retromobile show, and two exclusive Goodwood sales, one coinciding with The Festival of Speed and the other running alongside the Goodwood Revival classic race meeting.

In the US, Bonhams’ portfolio takes in Scottsdale, Pebble Beach (Quail Lodge) and Greenwich, among others. Although the company operates in the higher end of the market, domestic UK sales at venues such as Oxford, Harrogate, Beaulieu and the RAF Museum in Hendon, London, retain a key presence in the broader classic car market. Classic motorcycles and automobilia are also key elements of the company’s presence in this sector.

Bonhams is responsible for hammering down six of the top 20 highest achieving cars ever sold at auction, including the number one car, the Ferrari 250GTO sold at its Quail Lodge auction in August 2014 for £25 million.

Latest Cars Sold

Car Price Date
1986 Mini Picadilly £1,265 07/12/2016
1991 Rover Mini Cooper £3,220 07/12/2016
1990 Jaguar XJ6 2.9 £345 07/12/2016
1969 Land Rover S2A 109in £17,250 07/12/2016
1961 Fiat 600 Multipla £34,500 07/12/2016
1971 Bentley T1 Saloon £39,100 07/12/2016
1911 Delahaye type 413A charabanc £61,980 07/12/2016
1955 Swallow Doretti £68,700 07/12/2016
1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 £51,750 07/12/2016
1959 Jaguar XK150 dhc £79,900 07/12/2016
1989 Mercedes-Benz 420SL R107 £19,550 07/12/2016
1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Stingray convertible £55,200 07/12/2016
1977 Porsche 911 3.0 SC coupe £28,750 07/12/2016
1960 Bentley S2 Saloon £24,150 07/12/2016
1966 Ford Mustang convertible £17,250 07/12/2016
1971 Ferrari Dino 246GT £331,900 07/12/2016
2001 Bentley Continental R/T R coupe £82,140 07/12/2016
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon £359,900 07/12/2016
1971 Jaguar E-type V12 roadster £65,340 07/12/2016
1972 Porsche 911S 2.4 coupe £203,100 07/12/2016
1973 Jaguar E-type V12 roadster £73,180 07/12/2016
1961 Porsche 356 B coupe 1600 £74,300 07/12/2016
2000 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage £52,900 07/12/2016
1966 Jaguar E-type fhc £85,500 07/12/2016
1963 Mercedes-Benz W111 220SE convertible £55,200 07/12/2016
1952 Jaguar XK120 roadster £89,980 07/12/2016
1912 Metallurgique 12/15hp berline £36,800 07/12/2016
1969 Fiat 500F £23,000 07/12/2016
1989 BMW Z1 convertible £41,400 07/12/2016
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 convertible £63,100 07/12/2016
1938 Aston Martin 15/98 tourer £198,333 07/12/2016
1964 Jaguar E-type fhc £88,860 07/12/2016
1905 Ford 16hp Model F tonneau £37,950 07/12/2016
2006 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-H coupe £34,500 07/12/2016
1918 Stutz Bearcat roadster £214,300 07/12/2016
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB tourer £104,540 07/12/2016
1905 Daimler 30/40hp tourer £57,500 07/12/2016
1962 Lotus Elite Type 14 £73,180 07/12/2016
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL R113 £48,300 07/12/2016
1962 Bentley S3 Saloon £32,200 07/12/2016
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon £216,540 07/12/2016
1973 Volvo P1800ES £9,200 07/12/2016
1921 Ford Model T tourer £9,200 07/12/2016
1965 Fiat 500F £12,650 07/12/2016
1953 Bristol 403 sports saloon £56,350 04/12/2016
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL R113 £87,740 04/12/2016
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe £81,020 04/12/2016
1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante £651,100 04/12/2016
1914 Vauxhall 25 Prince Henry torpedo £516,700 04/12/2016
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I £561,500 04/12/2016

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