Bonhams has opened a brand new £30 million headquarters building at 101 New Bond Street. The official launch took place last night (24 October) in the presence of London Mayor, Boris Johnson.
Speaking at a packed reception in the new building, the Mayor said, “Why do buyers come here? It’s not just the time zone, the language, the bicycles and other civilizing things. They come because they will be dealing here in London with straight talkers and straight dealers.
“Well done Bonhams for bringing jobs and growth and investment to our city – and renown to London as the leading cultural, artistic and auctioneering capital of the world.”
The new building open to the public today (25 October) with an exhibition showing the best of the art Bonhams is offering worldwide over the coming months. In addition to the Portrait of François-Henri d’Harcourt by Fragonard, works include: a Crucifixion by a 15th century anonymous German Painter (£1,000,0000-1,500,000); Steps at Wick by L.S. Lowry (£500,000- 800,000); Maripose 1960, a hanging mobile by Alexander Calder ($1,200,000-1,600,000); and Le jardin de Maubuisson, Pontoise, la mère Bellette ($1,500,000-2,000,000).
With its accent on new technology and customer service, the building is a key part of Bonhams plans to build on the growth which has made it one of the fastest developing international houses in the world over the past 12 years. It also represents a major commitment by the company to London as a global center for art.
The new premises have been designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and stand on the site at 101 New Bond Street occupied by Bonhams previous HQ and main London saleroom. Working within tight planning constraints the architects have created an entirely different and radically innovative building characterized by a strong emphasis on light and space with three large fully-flexible auction rooms – two of which are double height – the very best air and temperature controlled environment, places to relax, and plenty of client meeting rooms for privacy.
Bonhams was founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com