Michael Bing joined Sotheby's in 1979 and was initially a Specialist valuer in British Paintings, with responsibility for sales held in Scotland.
From 1985 to 1988, he was Head of Paintings at Sotheby’s Chester saleroom before returning to London and joining the Continental Paintings department. Mr Bing was appointed Head of 19th Century Continental Paintings in 1992, with responsibility for sales in London, Munich, Zürich, Amsterdam, Madrid and Milan.
In 1998 he moved to Switzerland where he was responsible for opening Sotheby's new Zürich saleroom and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s Switzerland.
In 2001, he returned to the United Kingdom and was appointed Managing Director of Sotheby’s Olympia. He is also Head of the United Kingdom Regional Network of representative offices and Head of United Kingdom House and single-owner sales.
Additionally, Mr Bing was Divisional Head of Russian Paintings & Works of Art from 1992 to 2005 and Head of Photographs, Europe. An experienced Auctioneer, Mr Bing was responsible for pioneering auction sales in Sweden and for developing Sotheby’s business interests in Turkey.