Lucian Simmons joined Sotheby’s in 1995 and in his current role is the most senior auction professional dedicated to assisting those affected by restitution issues in the art world.
In recent years he has personally overseen Sotheby’s sales of three restituted works by Gustav Klimt—all of which met or exceeded their presale expectations at auction. In addition to speaking at international conferences and colloquia on restitution art, Mr Simmons has given evidence to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport of the House of Commons, London, 2000, and to the Committee of Legal Affairs and the Internal Market of the European Parliament, Brussels, 2003.
As a specialist in art law he has worked extensively in the field of looted art and speaks and writes regularly on the subject.
Prior to joining Sotheby's, Mr Simmons qualified as both a barrister and a solicitor, and was a partner in the London City firm of Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert.