Dr Simon Maguire joined Sotheby's in 1990 and in his current role is in charge of preparing and cataloguing specialist sales in London for Music (composer's autographs and letters, music manuscripts, first editions of Mozart, Beethoven and other great composers), and also for Continental literary manuscripts and letters, particularly in German and Italian. His expertise has greatly contributed to the predominant position Sotheby's holds in these markets.
Dr Maguire studied (and later taught) music at Oxford University and wrote a thesis on 19th century Italian opera, which was published in New York and London in 1989. He is a world authority on this subject and has contributed numerous articles to The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. He specializes in the music of Verdi and Bellini.