Affordable Auctions: Bonhams & Butterfields’ SoMa Estate Auctions

Affordable Auctions: Bonhams & Butterfields’ SoMa Estate Auctions

Jess Watson
Feb 18, 2010

Have you spent hours searching for unique paintings and prints, antique furniture, mid century modern furniture or other decorative items that won't break the bank? Bonhams & Butterfields' SoMa Estate Auctions are a monthly events open to the public with price points in the $300 - $3,000 range. Interior designers, stagers and dealers are already in the know, but since this isn't wholesale we can all take part in the deals.

Set aside your pre-conceived notions that auctions are only attended by those with deep pockets. SoMa Estate Auctions are specifically designed for the mid-range market which is why dealers and professional decorators have used the it as a reliable resource to find quality property at wholesale prices.

Each month features a new selection of items. Above are just 5 of the 750 items available at this weekend's auction.

February SoMa Estate Auction
Starts at 10am on Sunday, February 21st (with previews on Saturday and Sunday)
220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103
Preview auction catalog here.

Highlights include a lithograph by March Chagall (estimate $400 – 600); a color screenprint by Sol Lewitt (estimate $600 – 800); and a Henry Moore lithograph (estimate $400 – 600). The furniture section offers a large amount of dramatic, period gothic furniture, Victorian pieces, classical antique pieces including dining tables, chairs, tables, desks, armoires etc. Other items to note include library steps, prayer stands, hall stands, games tables, chandeliers, crèche figures, carved Santos figures, etc.

Be sure to visit their website each month to see preview the auction items ahead of time. There just might be that item you've been looking for coming up for sale. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to

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