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Old Master Paintings

Bonhams Old Master Paintings auctions offer British and European paintings and drawings spanning the early Renaissance to the early 19th century, from artists including Lucas Cranach the Elder, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Jean Honoré Fragonard, William Dobson and Diego Velázquez. We hold more than seven auctions a year in London and Paris, including three themed sales.

We have achieved world auction records for works including Fragonard's Portrait of the Duc d'Harcourt, sold on behalf of UNICEF in 2013 and still the highest price for a Fragonard painting and a work by a French Old Master, as well as Dobson's Portrait of the artist, which has since been on loan to the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain in London.

Our expert team has also identified many lost or unrecorded works, most famously Velázquez's Portrait of a Gentleman and an early altarpiece by the Renaissance master Lorenzo Veneziano.

Buying and selling Old Master paintings at Bonhams
Bonhams Old Master Paintings department has specialists and representatives in the UK and America. We excel in selling Old Master paintings in the five to six-figure price range and our small, carefully curated auctions are formatted to bring these works to the attention of collectors.

With offices and representatives in nearly 50 locations, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Andrew McKenzie

Department Director

Andrew McKenzie has been Head of Old Master Paintings at Bonhams since 2001. He first joined the company in 1987, shortly after receiving his degree in History from Cambridge University, and became He…

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Caroline Oliphant

Group Head, Pictures

Caroline was appointed Group Head of Pictures in 2002, responsible for overseeing the international development of the department. She originally joined Bonhams as a receptionist, after graduating fro…

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Lisa Greaves

Department Director

Lisa Greaves is Director of the Old Master Paintings Department, having joined Bonhams in 2003. After gaining an MA in History of Art and Italian from Edinburgh University, Lisa cataloged a collection…

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Poppy Harvey-Jones

Head of Mid Season Sale

Poppy Harvey-Jones is a Specialist in the Old Master Paintings Department, which she joined in 2011. Alongside the Old Master sales, Poppy also assists with house sales, notably the white glove sale o…

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Rocco Rich

Senior Specialist

Rocco Rich is a Fine Arts Specialist of 19th Century European Paintings at Bonhams in Los Angeles. With over 20 years' experience in the field, he is responsible for the company's West Coast evaluatio…

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