Holly Brackenbury

  • Specialist | Islamic & Indian Art


Holly Brackenbury is a specialist in Indo-Islamic works of art, Indian miniatures and Modern and Contemporary South Asian paintings. Holly joined Sotheby’s in 1999 initially working on the regular auctions and internet sales and then moved to the Islamic department where she was involved with the Arts of the Islamic World sales. Holly became responsible for developing the annual Indian sale in London and became a Director of Indian Art in 2011 where she worked with a global team on sales in New York and London and traveling exhibitions in India. Holly has worked on a number of high-profile single-owner collections including the Tipu Sultan Collection and the Stuart Cary Welch Collection and was instrumental in bringing together the sale of the Dartington Hall Trust Collection of Tagores which achieved a world record price at auction. From 2012 to 2021 Holly became a consultant for Sotheby’s advising and supporting the department with their global Islamic and Indian sales. Holly has lectured for the SOAS Diploma in Asian Art, contributed to journals and newspapers in South Asia and has been on a number of art forum discussion panels including the India Art Fair in Delhi. Holly holds a BA Hons. Degree in History of Art and Architecture from The University of Manchester and a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic and Indian Art from The British Museum and has volunteered at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum and the Mehrangarh Fort Museum in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

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