Auctioneer: A Memoir of Great Art, Legendary Collectors and Record-Breaking Auctions

Author(s): Simon de Pury

Biography & Memoir

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.

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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.

General Fields

  • : 9781760112318
  • : Allen Unwin
  • : Allen Unwin
  • : May 2016
  • : Australia
  • : June 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon de Pury
  • : Paperback
  • : 1606
  • : en
  • : 381.17092
  • : 320