Author(s): Simon de Pury
Simon de Pury is the art world's ultimate insider. His roles have included curator of the world-famous Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, and founder and owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury. His exuberant style, showmanship and iconoclasm in a highly conservative profession saw him described as 'the Mick Jagger of auctions'. His memoir of a life lived within the world's greatest collections and auction houses is a truly eye-opening insight into the highest reaches of art, where movie stars, musicians and athletes compete with hedge funders and billionaires to fuel record-breaking prices. Throughout this compelling and revealing journey into a world discretely hidden to all but a few insiders, Simon's passion for art in all its forms, and his extraordinary depth of knowledge shine through.
Simon de Pury is the former Chairman of Sotheby's Europe and the former owner and co-founder of Phillips de Pury. He co-hosted Bravo's series "Work of Art," and has written for numerous publications, including The Daily Beast. He is currently a London-based dealer and adviser to great collectors around the world.