Simon Shaw

  • Co-Head, Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art
  • Tél.: +1 212 894 1485
  • Fax: +1 212 606 7037

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In Brief:

  • Joined Sotheby’s in 1996
  • Orchestrated record-breaking $119.9 million sale of Edvard Munch’s The Scream
  • The UK-born Shaw was educated at the University of York and the Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Played key role in developing the Impressionist & Modern Art markets in London, Paris and New York

Simon Shaw, newly appointed Co-Head, Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide, vividly recalls the moment he first saw Edvard Munch’s The Scream in Oslo. “When we took the picture out of the crate it was the most moving, emotional experience that I’ve ever had with a work of art,” says Simon, who had the privilege of orchestrating the May 2012 sale of The Scream for an historic $119.9 million – the record price for a Modern work at auction. 

Simon has long been fascinated by Nordic art, and deepened his knowledge in that field in Scandinavia, where he worked extensively and also served as Director of Sotheby’s Stockholm. Prior to that, he worked in the Impressionist & Modern departments in Paris and in London, where he launched his career at Sotheby’s in 1996. Long before attending the Courtauld Institute, where he specialised in 18th-century French and British works, Simon was fascinated by art. “I remember at the age of 15 or 16 looking through Sotheby’s catalogues and seeing these extraordinary riches,” he says. “I knew I wanted to work with pictures every day.” 

Along with his extensive knowledge of the international market, it is that deep connection to pictures that has allowed Mr. Shaw to build privileged contacts with collectors and institutions worldwide. “There is a passion in the connection to a work that we share with our clients and that’s what is truly special about our business at Sotheby’s.”

Videos featuring Simon Shaw
“The Scream” with Adam Gopnik
Picasso’s Muse with Diana Widmaier-Picasso
Futur! Futurism
Go Behind the Scenes of Sotheby’s May Exhibitions
The Collection of Louis & Evelyn Franck