Brooke Lampley is Chairman & Worldwide Head of Sales for Global Fine Art at Sotheby’s. She is responsible for overseeing the global team of specialists spanning 20th and 21st Century art, including Contemporary, Modern & Impressionist Art, American, Latin American, Modern British and Russian art, Photographs and Prints. Brooke directs strategy and management across auction, private sales, and marketplace channels.
Brooke led the team to a historic result in 2021, when Sothebys achieved $7.4 billion in total sales, an all-time record for the company. Strategic initiatives that contributed to these landmark results included the unveiling of new thematic sales categories for 19th/20th/21st Century art titled Modern, Contemporary and The Now, as well as a restructuring of the specialist teams to harness cross-category integration and expansion of the global buyer audience. Brooke’s team has grown Sotheby’s physical and digital presence with new private sales galleries and expanded online sales offerings, and is at the vanguard of innovating ways to reach the widest possible global audience and improve the overall client experience for buying art.
Brooke has secured many high-profile consignments in her career and driven landmark prices in a variety of selling categories from contemporary and modern art to jewelry and design. She was instrumental in bringing the Macklowe Collection to market, the most valuable collection ever sold at auction, a white glove sale sold for $922 million across 2021-2022. Brooke is equally prolific in auction and private sales. She has sold several individual artworks for in excess of $100 million privately, and in 2019, she helped establish the world record price for any Impressionist work of art at auction with the $110.7 million sale of Claude Monet's Meule. As a leading authority in modern masterpieces, Brooke continues to advise a bespoke group of the world’s top collectors of 20th and 21st Century art.
In 2021, Brooke became part of crypto history when she outbid the ConstitutionDAO to win a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution on behalf of a client, making records for both the price of a historical document at auction and the amount bid by a DAO at auction.
Brooke is a widely sought-after industry commentator valued for her insights on the rapidly evolving global art market and trends. She has been a regular contributor to broadcast television shows such as NBC’s The Today Show, CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg, in addition to various print media.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s in January 2018, Brooke led the Impressionist and Modern art team at Christie’s, where she served as Head of Department from 2012 and Specialist since 2005. Brooke previously worked in curatorial departments at The National Gallery of Art and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, each at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and The Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Arts degree in History of Art from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and History of Art from Harvard College. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.