Simon de Pury

Swiss art auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury began his career as a curator for the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection and later became a high profile auctioneer, running Phillips de Pury from 2001 to 2013.

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Simon de Pury launches new Contemporary art sales

06 July 2022

Auctioneer Simon de Pury, who previously owned and ran Phillips and worked as an art advisor, has launched with auctions planned for next month.

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Judge dismisses appeal against Simon de Pury in court case over 'gentleman's agreement’

17 May 2019

The Court of Appeals in London has upheld a decision that said advisor Simon de Pury was entitled to a $10m fee on the strength of a handshake agreement.


High Court rules in favour of Simon de Pury over ‘gentleman’s agreement’

22 January 2018

A precedent-setting legal dispute over a $10m (£7.2m) fee relating to the 2014 sale of a $210m Paul Gauguin painting has been won by auctioneer turned art adviser Simon de Pury.

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Simon de Pury wins $10m court case over 'gentleman's agreement’ for $210m Gauguin painting

16 January 2018

Auctioneer turned art advisor Simon de Pury has won his court case over the payment of a $10m fee.

De Pury ‘cut out of gentleman’s agreement’

10 July 2017

A claim by former auctioneer turned art-advisor Simon de Pury that he is owed $10m for facilitating the sale of a work by Paul Gauguin was heard before the High Court in London last week.

Goodman and de Pury launch web-only auctions with promises to keep down fees

23 June 2015

Two senior members of the international auctioneering profession launch separate online-only ventures this week.

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Falcon swoop for art loan market

24 October 2014

Simon de Pury took to the podium at the top of London landmark the Gherkin to launch Falcon Fine Art on October 13.


Simon de Pury sells his stake and quits auction house

12 January 2013

Simon de Pury, the high-profile international auctioneer, has sold his remaining stake in Phillips de Pury & Company to The Mercury Group and stepped down as chairman.

Arnault is bought out of Phillips by de Pury & Co

03 February 2003

Luxury goods magnate Bernard Arnault finally abandoned his attempt to compete with Christie’s and Sotheby’s at the top end of the art market last week when he sold his remaining 27.5 per cent stake in troubled auction house Phillips to its joint chief executives Simon de Pury and Daniella Luxembourg.

Phillips rumours go on

27 January 2003

UNCERTAINTY over the future of Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg continued this week, with chairman Simon de Pury confirming only that he was conducting negotiations with stakeholder LVMH.

Infuser a heady brew at $230,000

21 January 2003

This icon of 20th century modernist design – Marianne Brandt’s celebrated tea infuser of 1927 was one of the highlights of Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg’s (19.5/10% buyer’s premium) 117-lot sale of 19th and 20th century design on December 11.

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.