Contributors

Alex Branczik

Alex Branczik is a senior director and specialist in the Contemporary Art Department. Since joining Sotheby’s in 2004, Mr Branczik has been responsible for transforming mid-season sales into high-profile auctions, as well as consigning many sale record-breaking works by Bridget Riley, Peter Doig and Sean Scully.

Alex Barter

In the Loupe

Alex Barter is a consultant to Sotheby’s Watch Department and co-owner of Black Bough, a shop specializing in watches and design items, in Ludlow, England.

Andrew Fletcher

Andrew Fletcher’s expertise encompasses most facets of European old master painting, with a particular passion in the early Netherlandish and Spanish schools. As senior director and head of auction sales for old master paintings, Mr Fletcher has been responsible for numerous successful sales, including the second most expensive Dutch still life to be sold at auction.

C. Hugh Hildesley

Art of Giving

C. Hugh Hildesley joined Sotheby’s in 1961 and played an integral role in the company’s formative years in New York. As senior auctioneer, Mr Hildesley has conducted some of Sotheby’s most prestigious sales, including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sale, the sale of the property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Barry Halper sale of baseball memorabilia. He has lectured widely on the art market and is author of The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction.

Claire Adler

All That Glitters

Claire Adler writes on jewellery and watches for the Financial Times and consults as a writer and speaker for De Beers, Boodles and the World Gold Council.

David Goldthorpe

Bibliofile

David Goldthorpe is a senior director and senior specialist in the Books & Manuscripts Department. He handles important single-owner sales, including those of the Earls of Macclesfield, the late Lord Wardington and Lord Hesketh.

George Gordon

As board director and co-chairman of Old Master Paintings and Drawings worldwide, George Gordon was responsible for the rediscovery of Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, which achieved £49.5 million at Sotheby’s in 2002, making it then, and still today, the most expensive old master painting ever sold at auction.

Ishrat  Kanga

On India

Ishrat Kanga joined Sotheby’s in 2010 after graduating from Christie’s Education with a master of arts, specialising in Impressionist, modern and contemporary art and art world practice. She has worked on several important collections including the Stuart Carey Welch Collection in 2011.

James  Sevier

In his current role as director and specialist, James Sevier is involved in securing consignments for the contemporary art day and evening sales, with a focus on new markets. He oversees the contemporary art day sales in London and has successfully introduced the work of leading Indian and Russian artists into Sotheby’s international contemporary art auctions.

Jamie Ritchie

Jamie Ritchie joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990 and has been based in Sotheby’s New York offices since 1995, when he was appointed head of Sotheby’s Wine Department in the United States. Mr Ritchie acts as auctioneer for Sotheby’s major wine sales as well as leads tastings and charity auctions around the United States.

Jennifer Roth

Scrolling

Jennifer Roth joined Sotheby’s in 1978 and has been directing the highly successful fine arts mid-season sales since 2003. She is an Auctioneer for Sotheby’s New York and Tel Aviv sales and serves on the Board of Sotheby’s Tel Aviv.

Joanna Vickery

Notes from Underground

Joanna Vickery has been with Sotheby’s since 1997, pioneering many activities for Sotheby’s in Russia. Ms Vickery staged the first-ever auction of contemporary Russian art in London in February 2007 and Sotheby’s first exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art in Kiev in 2009.

Kevin Ching

Kevin Ching is the chief executive officer of Sotheby’s Asia, responsible for developing the strategic expansion in the region, particularly into mainland China. 

Leslie Keno

Art in Motion

Senior International Specialist in Business Development. Leslie has been with Sotheby's for 33 years and is responsible for many record-breaking auctions of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, among others. He has also spent his life immersed in vintage and historic automobiles and serves as a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Lisa Dennison

Lisa Dennison is chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, focussing on international business development. An internationally recognised figure in the fields of modern and contemporary art, Ms Dennison joined Sotheby’s in September 2007 after a distinguished 29-year career at the Guggenheim Museum, where she had served as director since 2005. 

Mark Poltimore

Deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and chairman of Sotheby’s Russia, Lord Poltimore is one of the main auctioneers at Sotheby’s and has been involved in major client and business development activities in Europe and the new markets in Russia and the Middle East.

Michael Macaulay

Art Fair Insider

Michael Macaulay has been integral to Contemporary Art auctions at Sotheby’s since 2007. Having developed his expertise in London, in 2012 he transferred to New York to manage the Evening Auctions and work with clients on both sides of the Atlantic. He achieved a first class Art History degree at the Courtauld Institute, and previously worked in investment banking in London and taught English in Beijing.

Oliver Barker

Oliver Barker is the deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and senior international specialist of contemporary art. Since joining Sotheby’s in 1994, Mr Barker has been pivotally involved in a significant rise in value in contemporary British art.

Philip Hook

Philip Hook joined Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department in 1994 and has played a critical role in every major collection sold since then. He has 30 years of experience and expertise in the art market, regularly appearing on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow as a picture expert, and is the author of Popular Nineteenth Century Paintings.

Roxane  Zand

Leaving Iran after the revolution, Harvard and Oxford-educated Roxane Zand joined Sotheby’s in 2006. She has responsibility for developing the firm’s presence and implementing its new strategy in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms Zand has extensive knowledge of the region, having previously worked at UNESCO, the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Asia House and the Khalili Collection of Art.

Serena Sutcliffe, MW

Serena Sutcliffe is one of the world’s leading authorities on wine and is an internationally recognised wine writer and renowned taster. Since joining Sotheby’s in 1991, she has held the position of international wine specialist and member of Sotheby’s European board.

Mallory  Landers

All That Glitters

Mallory is the Senior Cataloguer of the Jewellery Department in New York and has worked on notable auctions including the Estate of Mrs. Brooke Astor and the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon. Prior to joining Sotheby’s in 2012 she earned her Master’s Degree in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and also holds degrees in Art History and Communications from the University of Michigan.

Vivienne Becker

Vivienne Becker is a jewellery historian, contributing editor for FT’s How to Spend It and author of Assouline’s Impossible Collection of Jewellery.

Zadok  Ben-David

Zadok Ben-David is a London based, award-winning artist. He was born in Bayhan, Yemen, in 1949 and immigrated to Israel. Earlier this year, Sotheby’s hosted its first selling exhibition of 17 of Mr Ben-David’s outdoor sculpture in Asia against the magnificent backdrop of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.