Michael Macaulay

  • Senior Vice President | Senior International Specialist
New York


Michael is a Senior International Specialist in the Contemporary Art department of Sotheby’s New York and has been integral to a number of the most successful auctions in Sotheby’s history. Formerly head of Contemporary Art Evening Sales, he now works primarily advising major clients on consignments and acquisitions. He has been involved in many landmark sales since 2007, including the spectacular single-owner auctions of Damien Hirst, Looking Closely, The Duerckheim Collection, Abstraction Figuration, The Schlumberger Collection, and The Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon. Additionally, he has helped orchestrate sales to benefit The Serpentine Gallery, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Dia Art Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Magasin III Museum in Stockholm.  
Michael is a licensed auctioneer and frequently conducts benefit auctions in New York and beyond. Having transferred from London to New York in 2012, today he works with clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Before joining Sotheby’s, Michael worked in investment banking executive search and was an English teacher in Beijing. He holds a first-class History of Art degree from the Courtauld Institute in London, where he was also awarded the Institute’s prize for his final year dissertation.

Videos featuring Michael Macaulay
The Value of Art Episode 3: Rarity
The Value of Art Episode 4: Provenance
The Value of Art Episode 8: Subject Matter
The Value of Art Episode 9: Medium

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