Claudia Dwek

Claudia Dwek

  • Chairman, Contemporary Art, Europe | Deputy Chairman, Europe | Chairman, Italy


Claudia joined Sotheby’s in 1991 after a BA in Literature and History of Art.

She was appointed Head of the first Modern & Contemporary Art Department in Italy and has the distinction of being the youngest woman in Italy to become an auctioneer.

In the 1990s she organised many successful sales of foreign collections of Italian Art in Italy, such as the Estorick Collection (1995) and the Seeger Collection (1998).

She worked closely with Sotheby’s London and New York offices to organise special sales, like the Plaza Collection of Paintings by Morandi (1997).

This led to her organising the first themed “Italian Sale” which consolidated Sotheby’s leadership in this sector of the market.

Claudia’s expertise has buoyed the Italian art market at Sotheby’s London to new heights, achieving records for many artists such as Burri, Fontana and Manzoni.

In her current role as a Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, Chairman of Sotheby’s Italy and Senior International Specialist, she works alongside her colleagues in the London and New York Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art Departments, as a key contributor to Sotheby’s international auctions

Examples of important single-owner sale which she had brought to auction includes the ground-breaking Bear Witness sale in London (March 2015) and the most recent Triumph of color in New York (November 2018).

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