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.

Phillips launch interactive site for budding collectors

25 June 2007

Phillips de Pury & Company are to launch a new website – separate from its core brand – in the hope of capitalising on the growing interest in Contemporary art and modern design.

Frieze effect heats London in October

23 October 2006

£57m Indian summer for auction rooms

Phillips open London HQ for Frieze sale

02 September 2006

Phillips de Pury & Company will raise the curtain on their new London headquarters with a Contemporary Art and Design Art sale on October 14.

Phillips staff to reunite for third time

15 August 2006

The third reunion of former staff of Phillips auctioneers will take place on Tuesday September 12 at the London Rowing Club, Embankment, Putney from 6pm.


If there is a bubble, it’s not set to burst yet

15 May 2006

Hedge funds continue to stake a claim on big-ticket names

Phillips de Pury & Co to open new London rooms and target Frieze clients

08 May 2006

PHILLIPS de Pury & Company are to open a new London saleroom and hold a special Contemporary Art and Design auction on October 14 during the Frieze fair.

Contemporary art shows who's boss: As expected, £154m total proves what the market has known for some time

19 November 2004

THE market for Contemporary art maintained its seemingly unstoppable momentum in New York last week.

PR2 – Phillips reunite again

24 August 2004

FOLLOWING the success of last year’s inaugural reunion of former Phillips employees there will be a similar Phillips Reunited gathering next month on Tuesday September 14 at 6.30pm.

Luxembourg sells her stake

31 March 2004

DANIELLA Luxembourg has launched her own private art dealership, Luxembourg Art, after selling her stake in auction house Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg to partner Simon de Pury.

Forget Friends Reunited… here’s Phillips Reunited!

26 August 2003

THE mighty Phillips auction house may no longer be around, but former employees are still thriving. Now some of them have decided that they would like to catch up with ex-colleagues and have formed Phillips Reunited to do just that.

MacBain quits Phillips

17 December 2002

LOUISE MacBain, chief executive and leading financial backer of Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, has stepped down from her post with the company.

Phillips restructure their premiums

23 September 2002

PHILLIPS, de Pury & Luxembourg have raised and restructured their buyer’s premiums.

New roles for former Phillips specialists

17 September 2002

Since the expected round of redundancies were announced at Bonhams in February as a result of the merger with Phillips, several senior staff have voluntarily left the company, some, if not all of whom are expected to be replaced.

Phillips drop furniture auctions

29 July 2002

PHILLIPS, de Pury & Luxembourg have closed their French and Continental Furniture department with the departure of its head, Thierry Millerand.

Phillips’ Philippe fillip

12 July 2002

SOTHEBY’s lost one of their senior directors and serious innovators at the beginning of this month when Philippe Garner joined Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg with the position of Worldwide Director of Photographs and 20th and 21st Century Design.

Contemporary sales for May, Impressionist and Modern for June, say Phillips

15 April 2002

Phillips have released details of a bumper sale of Contemporary art to be held in New York on May 13. The announcement came as art trade rumours persist about the reasons for the auction house postponing their May 6 sale of Impressionist and Modern art until June at the earliest.

Rich Swiss collectors back inaugural sale as LVMH back out of picture

12 April 2002

Is there a future for Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg (15/10% buyer’s premium) now that Bernard Arnault and the financial might of the LVMH group have distanced themselves from the company and the enormous guarantees it was paying to secure high-value consignments?

Conflicting reports on Phillips’ art auctions

08 April 2002

With less than a month until the crunch series of Impressionist and Modern Art sales in New York, it is still not clear whether Phillips will be joining Sotheby’s and Christie’s at sales which netted the company $124m last year.

Phillips-Selkirk sold off as part of Arnault’s retrenchment

21 March 2002

Phillips-Selkirk, the St Louis, Missouri auction house owned by Phillips de Pury Luxembourg, has a new name and a new owner.

All change as Arnault sells Phillips to de Pury team

25 February 2002

French billionaire quits battle over auction market: Backed by a dotcom businesswoman and an investment bank, two auctioneers last week bought the majority stake in Phillips de Pury Luxembourg from luxury goods group LVMH.