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Bonhams

Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The Bonhams name is recognised worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category.
The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. This brought together two of the four surviving Georgian auction houses in London, Bonhams having been founded in 1793, and Phillips in 1796 by Harry Phillips, formerly a senior clerk to James Christie. Today the amalgamated business handles fine art and antiques in more than 60 specialist collecting areas. The firm has continued to grow and change since the merger in 2001. The last ten years have been among the most dramatic and fast-growing in its history.
In August 2002 the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America, which had been founded in 1865 during the California gold rush.
Today Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals. There are two large salerooms in London: the former Phillips sale room at 101 New Bond Street, and the old Bonhams sale room at the Montpelier Galleries in Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge. There are also three regional sale rooms in Britain: Chester, Edinburgh and Oxford. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; in Switzerland, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. The Bonhams presence in Australia became a stand-alone operation in 2010.
Bonhams & Butterfields conducted their first East Coast sale in 2003, in the Art Deco Fuller Building erected in 1926. In 2005 they opened a new sale room in New York, on the corner of 57th Street and Madison Avenue, formerly the home of the Darhesh Museum. New offices and sale rooms have also been opened elsewhere: a Paris office in June 2005, one in Dubai in 2007, and an auction business in Hong Kong in 2009 to participate in the expanding Asian market. Bonhams is now established in 25 countries across five continents.

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Some works sold by Bonhams

Federico Barocci - The Annunciation

Federico Barocci - The Annunciation

Original 1585
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Lot number: 1
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Federico Barocci (Italian, circa 1535-1612) The Annunciation (Bartsch 1) Etching, circa 1585, a good but later impression, with the artist's signature lower right, on laid, with a watermark of a man holding a cross on an escutcheon (M.11), with wide margins, 437 x 315mm (17 1/4 x 12 3/8in)(PL)
James Wilson Carmichael - A Squadron Of The Red Of The Royal Navy Wallowing In Heavy Seas In Table Bay, The Flagship Making A Signal And The Frigate Nearest Inshore Signalling Her Reply.

James Wilson Carmichael - A Squadron Of The Red Of The Royal Navy Wallowing In Heavy Seas In Table Bay, The Flagship Making A Signal And The Frigate Nearest Inshore Signalling Her Reply.

Original 1840
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John Wilson Carmichael (British, 1799-1868) A 'Squadron of the Red' of the Royal Navy wallowing in heavy seas in Table Bay, the flagship making a signal and the frigate nearest inshore signalling her reply. signed and dated 'Carmichael/ 1843' (lower right) oil on board 44 x 59cm (17 5/16 x 23 1/4in). Provenance Private collection. The son of a shipwright, John Wilson Carmichael had early exposure to life at sea. As an adolescent, he spent three years on board a vessel sailing between ports in Spain and Portugal. Following his return, he was apprenticed to a shipbuilding firm. However, on completing his apprenticeship he renounced this career to pursue his artistic ambitions. He established a workshop with the landscape painter, Thomas Richardson Snr. Over the course of the following decade, Carmichael became one of Northumbria's most respected marine artists. In the 1840s, two of his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The current lot was executed in 1843, when the artist was at the height of his powers. The painting depicts a British naval squadron performing manoevres off Table Bay. The mountainous coastline can be seen in the distance. Dark clouds are beginning to gather over the scene. The flags flown by the three-masted ship are most likely naval code, a message from the flagship telling the squadron to 'scatter/shorten sail/run for the open sea' ahead of the approaching storm. Table Bay was a notorious place to be stuck in during an onshore gale, and was the site of numerous wrecks.
Elvis Presley - Storyboard For Speedway

Elvis Presley - Storyboard For Speedway

Original 1968
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Lot number: 8
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An Elvis Presley storyboard for Speedway Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968. Marker, gouache, and pencil on vellum, unsigned, with notes in pencil: "Pg. 1" and "2" to upper right, "(P.) Elvis looks back" to lower left, and "2" to lower right. Depicts Elvis Presley in closeup in a racing helmet and goggles in one of the film's car-racing scenes. 9 x 12 in
Helen Layfield Bradley - Down The River In Twilight

Helen Layfield Bradley - Down The River In Twilight

Original 1969
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Lot number: 31
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Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) 'Down the River in Twilight' signed with fly insignia and dated '1969' (lower right); inscribed with title, further signed and dated and inscribed 'In the pale twilight mist from the river turned trees and woods on Angels Blue' (on board verso), watercolour 36 x 54cm (14 3/16 x 21 1/4in).
Marcus Ii Gerards - Portrait Of Ellen Maurice

Marcus Ii Gerards - Portrait Of Ellen Maurice

Original 1597
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Lot number: 36
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Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (Bruges 1561-1635 London) Portrait of Ellen Maurice, three-quarter-length, in a white lace ruff and white dress embellished with pearls dated '1597' (upper left) and bears inscription 'Ellen Gd Daur & heir of/ Sir W. Maurice of Clennenny./ Wife of John Owen. & 2ly of/ Sir Francis Eure. She died 1626' (upper left) oil on panel 90.6 x 74.2cm (35 11/16 x 29 3/16in).
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