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.


Auction

UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

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Crab grabs Martin Brothers record at Phillips’ auction

21 December 2018

A new auction record for the idiosyncratic stonewares of the Martin brothers was established at Phillips’ Design sale in New York.

Joseph Trinder
Martin Brothers pottery at Phillips auction

The bird, the crab, the clock, the lawyer – four rare pieces of Martin Brothers pottery on view in London ahead of Phillips’ New York sale

07 November 2018

An awesome foursome of Martin Brothers figures are on show in London this week at a public viewing being held at auction house Phillips ahead of the sale of the works in New York next month.

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The timely record for punning Lutyens clock

29 October 2018

Included in the Important Design sale at Phillips in London on October 18 was an unusual mantel clock designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869- 1944).

Jacob Kodner
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Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

20 July 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

Auctions

Sales growth buoyant for top auction houses for first half of 2018

17 July 2018

Global auction sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips jumped 21.6% in the first half of 2018, according to the latest report by ArtTactic.

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Wristwatch previews: £30,000 plus

09 July 2018

A selection of wristwatch previews.

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Post-War Design: spectacular result for Jean Royère’s biomorphic 'Flaque' table

18 June 2018

In the immediate post-war era the work of the French designer-decorator Jean Royère (1902-81) took a turn to embrace a more organic or ‘biomorphic’ style.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

09 April 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

‘La Dormeuse’ by Pablo Picasso

Picasso portrait from key year of 1932 helps Phillips to house-record total

10 March 2018

Phillips posted the highest total for an auction in the company’s history when its 20th Century & Contemporary Art evening sale this week generated £97.8m including premium.

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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.

Paul Newman

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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