Phillips

Founded in 1796 by Harry Phillips, the auction house has undergone different incarnations before reverting to its original name in 2013. Previously trading as Phillips de Pury, the company was sold by Simon de Pury to Russian retail firm Mercury Group in 2008.

Now headquartered on Park Avenue in New York and Berkeley Square in London with other offices worldwide, Phillips focuses on contemporary and modern art, including photography, editions, design, watches and jewellery. They also host exhibitions, broker private sales and offer consultancy services.


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People on the move - latest appointments

07 March 2018

A round-up of people in the news across the art and antiques world.

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Latest auction house appointments

13 February 2018

A round-up of people in the news, in UK and US salerooms.

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Single-owner Cartier-Bresson collection in the New York picture

18 December 2017

The famous photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson are no strangers to salerooms but it is not every day that you find 120 lots being offered from a single-owner collection.

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Paul Newman Rolex sets auction record of $15.5m at Phillips New York

27 October 2017

A Rolex once owned by actor Paul Newman has set an auction record of $15.5m (£11.85m) at Phillips' inaugural watch auction in New York.

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Photographic bites from the Big Apple

25 September 2017

October is one of two periods each year when New York salerooms put the spotlight on photographs. Here ATG selects highlights ranging from mid-19th century daguerreotypes to works from the 21st century...

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Phillips raises buyer’s premium following changes at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

13 September 2017

Auctioneers Phillips have raised its buyer’s premium with the changes effective immediately.

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Original ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona goes under the hammer at Phillips

30 August 2017

A Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ once owned by the actor himself will go under the hammer in New York in October.

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New appointment to help Phillips develop the ‘strongest contemporary department in the business’

11 July 2017

Jean-Paul Engelen of Phillips has been appointed deputy chairman, Americas.

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Phillips launches its dedicated watch division in the US

03 July 2017

Ahead of the autumn sale of a star lot, Phillips' watch expert Aurel Bacs tells ATG why the time is right for the firm to expand its US watch business

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Rolex record set at Phillips auction for Vietnamese Emperor's watch

15 May 2017

A new record has been set for a rare Rolex watch once owned by the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai.

Lilly Chan

Phillips swoops on Christie’s Asian art expert to run its Asia business from Hong Kong

18 April 2017

Phillips has hired Christie’s Lilly Chan to become managing director of its Asia business.

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Phillips appoint Miety Heiden to head up private sales operation

15 March 2017

Continuing the run of ex-Sotheby’s and Christie’s staff joining Phillips, Miety Heiden has been appointed as deputy chairman and head of private sales.

Sotheby's contemporary art auctions

Currency weakness helps London auction fortnight to record figures

14 March 2017

The latest series of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary art auctions in London showed a dramatic improvement on the equivalent sales last year and the overall premium-inclusive total represented a record in terms of sterling.

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Auctioneer Phillips bolsters Americas with hires from rival Christie’s

05 January 2017

Phillips has made two new hires in the Americas from rival Christie’s as it continues to expand in the region.

Lucie Rie bowl

Lucie Rie record broken for fourth time in two years as porcelain bowl takes $170,000 bid

21 December 2016

The market for Lucie Rie ceramics continues to thrive. A new auction high for the doyenne of the British studio pottery movement was posted by Phillips in New York this month– the fourth occasion a record has been set in just two years.

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Phillips Auction House sets £7.7m auction record for wristwatch with rare Patek Philippe

14 November 2016

Phillips set a record price for a wristwatch sold at auction over the weekend when a Patek Philippe Reference 1518 was knocked down for SFr9.6m (£7.7m).

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Fashion star Tommy Hilfiger to sell Basquiat, Hirst and Warhol at auction

31 October 2016

US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has picked Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art auction in New York to sell five paintings from his personal collection.

Alexander Payne of Phillips

Phillips promote head of design Alexander Payne to deputy chairman

06 October 2016

Phillips have appointed design specialist Alexander Payne as deputy chairman.

Barbara Hepworth at Phillips’ exhibition

Phillips host loan show of Barbara Hepworth’s late works

22 July 2016

Phillips are hosting an exhibition of late works by Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) in collaboration with the Hepworth Wakefield.

Baile en Tehuantepec by Diego Rivera

Record for Latin American art as Phillips negotiate private deal for Rivera painting

15 July 2016

Phillips have negotiated the private sale of ‘Baile en Tehuantepec’ by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) for $15.75m (£12m), a price which they claim is a record for any piece of Latin American art.

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