Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art world. Renowned for his legendary performance 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 advisor.
From 2001 to 2012, de Pury was Chairman and Chief Auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company. Earlier in his career he was Chairman, Europe and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide at Sotheby's and also curator of the Thyssen- Bornemisza Collection that today is housed in its own museum in Madrid. de Pury has been instrumental in championing the careers of many contemporary artists, photographers and designers. Moreover, he has auctioned and secured a substantial number of the most legendary art collections for auctions and private treaty. Most recently, de Pury was the curatorial driving force behind the exhibition programme at Newlands House, a new cultural centre launched in 2020 in Petworth, West Sussex.
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 recently shot a cameo appearance in Darren Star’s upcoming comedy-drama series, ‘Emily in Paris’.
As an active charity auctioneer, it is estimated that de Pury has raised several billion dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions over the course of his career, including amfAR, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, MTV Staying Alive and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, among others. His book The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade was published in Spring 2016, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the multi-billion-pound world of international art dealing