Great Auction Houses of NYC

Great Auction Houses of NYC

From Bonhams’ November 2016 auction of American Art (Courtesy Bonhams)

From pop culture collectible to rare historic works of art to jewelry from civilizations long ago to expertly crafted furniture, these items and more are curated into auctions that draw collectors in from all over the world. Because New York City is such a massive, cultural hub, it’s no surprise that there are several renowned auction houses here. The following are just four of the best places in town to attend live auctions (or bid live through their online systems!).

Bonhams (Midtown East): Bonhams, founded in 1793 in London, is a fine art auction house with eight major venues around the world. The New York branch, around since 2005, employs specialists who are knowledgeable about European and American Decorative Arts and Furniture, Books and Manuscripts, American and Contemporary Pictures, Jewelry and 20th Century Design. Items at live auctions can be bid on in-person, as well as online and over the phone.

Sotheby’s New York (Upper East Side): With around 100 high-profile auctions every year, this auction house is on the radar of art, jewelry and historical object collectors worldwide. There are also online bidding opportunities for those who have registered accounts, approved by Sotheby’s, including during live auctions. Live auctions offer fine jewelry, paintings, sculptures, rare wine, contemporary foreign art and more. 

Christie’s New York (Midtown West): The New York branch of this global art business is the only saleroom in the U.S. of the dozen salerooms around the world. While there are exclusive online auctions, the in-person auctions are available to be bid on on-line as well, through Christie’s LIVE™. Christie’s live auctions offer the opportunity to score great artwork including historic drawings, prints, ceramics and furniture. 

Heritage Auctions (Midtown East): Fans of movie posters, comics, coins and pop culture should check out this largest collectibles auctioneer that is also the third largest auction house in the world. There are items for immediate purchase, as well as internet auctions throughout the year where collectors can track items before electronically bidding on them. People can participate in live auctions while online with Heritage Live!, and bid against other internet users, as well as floor bidders. The live auctions in New York feature, feature such items as luxury accessories, books, modern and contemporary art, comic books and other collectibles.

Auction houses often have viewings scheduled before the actual auction so that interested parties and other curious folks can see the items beforehand. For specific information about the auctions, viewing days and online bidding, it is best to check the official website of each auction house. There, you can register to bid on items, as well as see what auctions are coming up.

Find great collectibles at Heritage Auctions (Courtesy Heritage Auctions,

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