- Joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990
- Recognised as a leading authority on Wine
- Initiated Sotheby’s Wine sales in Germany, New York, Zűrich and Los Angeles
- Launched the Sothebys.com Associate Programme for online auctions
- Auctioneer for major record-breaking wine sales, including The Millennium Wine Cellar
Jamie Ritchie joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990, where he served as one of the Wine department’s top experts. He 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 leading tastings and charity auctions around the United States.
During his career with Sotheby’s, Mr Ritchie has been responsible for setting up and running Sotheby’s Wine sales in Germany (1993), New York (1994), Zűrich (1994) and Los Angeles (1996). Following the acquisition of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in June 1997, he became Managing Director of Sotheby’s Chicago and was instrumental in Sotheby’s acquisition of Davis & Co. Wine Auctioneers in Chicago in November 1998. In 1999, Mr Ritchie became Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s Internet Division, launching the Sothebys.com Associate Programme for online auctions. In 2001, Mr Ritchie rejoined the Wine department with responsibility for developing Sotheby’s United States Wine business.
Mr Ritchie’s expertise and knowledge of wine has played an integral role in the success of many extraordinary sales, including 75,000 bottles of wine from the cellar of Schloss St Emmeram from The Princely Collections of von Thurn und Taxis in Regensburg, Bavaria, in 1993. Mr Ritchie also acted as an Auctioneer for the record-setting auction Wine from the Collection of Andrew Lloyd Webber in London in 1997, which totalled over $6 million dollars, and for The Millennium Wine Cellar in New York in 1999, which was the world’s highest grossing wine auction, totalling $14.4 million.