Alexandra Starp

  • Head of Vertu and Gold Boxes


Alexandra C. Starp joined the Gold Boxes department at Sotheby’s in 2017 with several years of previous experience in the auction world. She is currently in charge of sales and valuations of gold boxes and objects of vertu at Sotheby’s, where she has handled, researched, valued and sold some of the most important objects in the field, among them a magnificent gold and hardstone snuff box by the Dresden court jeweller Johann Christian Neuber from the collection of the Comtesse de Ribes, sold in Paris in December 2019, where it became the most expensive gold box ever sold at auction. Objects of vertu of historic relevance were offered in the private collection of gold boxes of Napoléon Bonaparte in 2018, and important single owner sales such as ‘A Treasury of Vertu’, offering important 18th century boxes from a prestigious private collection, as well as ‘A Collection of a Connoisseur’, held in 2020, have reaffirmed Sotheby’s leading position in this market segment. Apart from these successful single owner sales, Alexandra has also worked on both private and auction sales at Sotheby’s different sale locations globally, and she furthermore follows her interest in the relations between Hanau and Geneva bijouterie in the 18th century.

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