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Phillips was founded in London in 1796 by Harry Phillips (formerly senior clerk to James Christie). During his first year of business, he conducted 12 successful auctions soon holding sales for distinguished collectors such as Marie Antoinette, Beau Brummel and Napoleon. To distinguish his auction house, Phillips introduced evening receptions before auctions to promote sales. Quickly gaining the confidence of the British aristocracy, Phillips remains the only auction house ever to have held a sale inside Buckingham Palace.
After being inherited by Phillips' family upon his death and changing names twice, the company became known again as Phillips in the 1970s and continued a strong reputation in Britain for sales in furniture, fine art, armor, coins and estate collections. Shortly after Bernard Arnault bought the company in 1999, he merged with private art dealers, Simon de Pury and Daniela Luxembourg. This new team at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg had headquarters on East 57th street in New York and held sales in Impressionist, American and Modern works of art in addition to watches, jewelry and design.
In 2003, after de Pury & Luxembourg took majority control of the company, Simon de Pury moved the headquarters to its present location in Chelsea's Meatpacking district. With a new focus on the sale of the best works of Contemporary Art, Design, Jewelry and Photography, Phillips de Pury & Company began business in the spacious gallery setting on 15th Street overlooking the Highline railway and Hudson River.
In October 2008, Mercury Group, the Russian luxury retail company, acquired majority share of Phillips de Pury & Company to further enable the company’s expansion.
Phillips de Pury & Company conducts sales in London and Geneva in addition to New York.(read less)
near 10th Avenue
Train: C,E to 8th Ave/14th Street Station
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