Caroline Lang

  • Chairman, Switzerland | Deputy Chairman, Europe | Senior Director


Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, Caroline Lang is internationally recognised for her in-depth knowledge of the art market and her longstanding expertise in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art. Appointed Chairman of the Swiss Department of Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art in 2012, this consummate polyglot has advised some of the most important collectors in Switzerland and worldwide. In November 2011, she played a decisive role in the New York sale of Abstraction-Figuration, an exceptional private collection of abstract works by Gerhard Richter and Max Ernst which realised a world auction record for a work by Richter at the time.

She also played an instrumental role in the sale of works from the collection of Jan Krugier, the most important estate sale of 2014. One of very few female auctioneers, Caroline Lang has also conducted major marathon auctions in Switzerland, the UK and Germany, including the historic week-long sales of works of art from Monrepos Castle in Ludwigsburg in 2000 and the Royal House of Hanover in 2005.

Ms Lang is passionate about the non-profit promotion of art and new talent. Having been a board member of Location One for 10 years, she has recently joined the board of Residency Unlimited, a New York-based non-profit organisation supporting the work of emerging contemporary artists and curators.

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