Matthew Bradbury

Matthew Bradbury has led the Modern British & Irish Art department since 2002, having joined Bonhams in 1997.

Matthew has overseen a remarkable number of auction records, including the current highest price for Walter Sickert. He has handled among the most significant single-owner Modern British Art collections to appear at auction, including the high-profile Elizabeth Creak Collection of Ivon Hitchens and the C.S. Reddihough Collection. The latter included the largest group of works by Ben Nicholson from one owner ever to appear on the open market, resulting in his museum-quality 1928 (Pill Creek) oil selling for a record-breaking £722,500.

During 2018, Matthew oversaw the sale of Henry Moore's seminal and unique 1929 alabaster carving, Mask. Following a pre-sale estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000, the sculpture sold for an astonishing £3,248,750 in November 2018, a new international auction record for a 1920s British sculpture.

Matthew graduated with an Honors Degree in History of Art from Nottingham University in 1996. He lectures on Henry Moore, Dame Barbara Hepworth and William Scott, as well as the post-war group of artists based in St. Ives, Cornwall, and is especially interested in British Surrealism and the artists working for the War Artists' Advisory Committee.