Dr. Philipp Herzog von Württemberg is Managing Director of Sotheby's Germany since 1998 and as of 2011 Chairman Sotheby's Europe. He was appointed Président Directeur Général of Sotheby’s France, a position he held until August 2007.
After acquiring gallery and museum experience in Germany, Philipp Württemberg received a Master’s degree in History and History of Art in 1993, and in 1997 obtained a PhD in History of Art. He joined Sotheby’s London in 1996 as a Specialist in the Continental Furniture department, and in 1998 was appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s Germany. Philipp Württemberg played a key role in the successful sales series "Of Royal and Noble Decent" held since 2001 in Amsterdam and since 2007 in London and had a decisive role in the largest Royal House sale ever held in Germany with the "Property from the Royal House of Hannover" in 2005.
In his positions Philipp Württemberg advices German and European private collectors in their buying and selling activities and plays a vital part in advising corporate collections in their collection management, including their buying and selling activities, which culminated 2010 in the world auction record price for any sculpture by Alberto Giacometti's "L' homme qui march" from the collection of Commerzbank that sold for $104,6 million.
Philipp Württemberg works very closely with important collectors of Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern Art in all aspects of the auction process, including the purchase and sale of works of art.