Phillips was founded in London in 1796 by Harry Phillips, formerly senior clerk to James Christie. During his first year of business, Phillips conducted twelve successful auctions and soon the business was holding sales for some of the most distinguished collectors of the day including Marie Antoinette, Beau Brummel and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Phillips is the destination for international collectors to buy and sell the world’s most important contemporary works of art. By focusing specifically on the defining aesthetic movements of the last century, they set themselves apart as the most dynamic and forward-thinking auction house. Our considered approach and specialized knowledge lead clients to seek their guidance on contemporary collecting trends. This finely-honed expertise is evident in all aspects of their business, from the calibre and quality of our sale catalogues, events and exhibitions, to a superior level of individualized client service.
Headquartered in New York and London, with offices throughout the world, Phillips conducts sales in a select number of categories: Contemporary Art, Photographs, Editions, Design, and Jewelery. Additionally, our core art business includes special exhibitions, private sales, advising private estates and corporate clients, museum services, and consulting.