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Chin Yeow Quek

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Highlights

  • Named Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia in 2007
  • Oversees the Company’s representative offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand while directing jewellery business and client development efforts in the region together with Sotheby’s international team of jewellery experts
  • Has brought exceptional and precious jewels to the Asian auction market
  • Postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics

Quek Chin Yeow is Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Chairman of International Jewellery, Asia, based in Hong Kong. Mr Quek oversees the Company’s representative offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand while directing jewellery business and client development efforts in the region together with Sotheby’s international team of jewellery experts.

In 1987, at the age of 29, Mr Quek was named Head of Sotheby's Singapore (one of the youngest regional representatives of Sotheby’s) and was responsible for launching the Southeast Asian Paintings sales in 1996 in Singapore as the expert-in-charge of that department. He also sat on several art committees in Singapore during his tenure in his home country. 

Upon his move to Hong Kong in 1998, Mr Quek assumed the position of Head of Jewellery Department while overseeing the establishment of a number of regional Asian representative offices. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia in 2007 and is currently Sotheby’s principal auctioneer in Hong Kong.

Under Mr Quek’s leadership, Sotheby’s Jewellery Department has brought to the Asian auction market some exceptional and precious jewels, including the ‘Pink Star’, now renamed the ‘CTF Pink Star’, a 59.60-carat fancy vivid pink internally flawless diamond (a world auction record for any diamond or jewel and the highest price for any work sold at auction in Asia; April 2017); a fancy vivid blue 10.10-carat De Beers Millennium Jewel 4 (at the time, a record for any jewel sold at auction in Asia; April 2016); an 8.41-carat fancy vivid purple pink diamond (a world auction record for a fancy vivid pink diamond; October 2014); the legendary Hutton-Mdivani jadeite bead necklace (a world auction record for any jadeite jewellery and a Cartier jewel; April 2014) which was acquired by The Cartier Collection; and a 118.28-carat D-colour flawless diamond (a world auction record for a white diamond and the biggest diamond ever sold at auction; October 2013).

Mr Quek’s achievements in the auction business has been recognised with prestigious accolades: he has most recently been named The Outstanding Overseas Executive of the Year 2016 at the Singapore Business Awards, and was included in Art + Auction’s “Power 100” List in 2014, which features 100 of the most influential people in the art world.   

Mr Quek is an Economics major, and had completed post-graduate studies at London School of Economics. He also holds an MBA (Marketing) degree from the Business School of City University London.

Videos featuring Chin Yeow Quek
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