Auctioneer, art dealer, curator, photographer and DJ, Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art world. Renowned for his legendary performances on the auction podium, which have earned him the moniker ‘the Mick Jagger of auctions’, as well as his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace, de Pury is the preeminent international auctioneer and art advisor.
de Pury has been instrumental in championing the careers of many contemporary artists, photographers and designers. Acting as curator of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection now housed in its own museum in Madrid. Moreover, he has auctioned and secured a substantial number of the most legendary art collections for auctions and private treaty.
In the MEDIA
As a photographer, de Pury has been the subject of a number of exhibitions including at Art+Public Gallery in Geneva and Art Basel in 2003, in Berlin at The Corner in 2009, at Colette in Paris in 2011 and at the MAMM (Multi Media Art Museum) in Moscow in 2010.
Also in 2010, de Pury was the subject of a BBC documentary, entitled ‘The Man with the Golden Gavel’ and in 2010 and 2011 he was a mentor for Bravo's reality TV show ‘Work of Art: The Next Great Artist’, which ran for 2 seasons and 20 episodes to great acclaim.
He has also featured in several feature films and further TV shows including the 2006 French film ‘Avenue Montaigne’ with Sydney Pollack, the 2010 Oscar nominated documentary ‘Wasteland’, the 2011 documentary ‘Der Auktionator’ and most recently a cameo appearance in Darren Star’s comedy-drama series, ‘Emily in Paris’.
As a charity auctioneer, de Pury has raised several billion dollars for charities and cultural institutions over the course of his career. Including amfAR, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, MTV Staying Alive and UNICEF.
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Auction & Private Sales
Realise the value of your art and collectibles with de PURY. Our global network connects you with the right collectors and investors for your consignment. The de PURY technology, data and experts provide a free valuation, minimal buyer commission and maximum sale value.
de PURY Auction and Private Sales team has been built on 50 years of experience. Led by Simon de Pury, who was the Chairman, Europe and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide at Sotheby's and Owner, Chairman and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide Phillips de Pury & Company.
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