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.

To win business, Phillips combined business acumen with a flair for showmanship, introducing new ways to promote his sales such as elaborate evening receptions before auctions - an essential part of the auction business today. Phillips quickly gained the confidence of British society and remains the only auction house ever to have held a sale inside Buckingham Palace.

When he died in 1840, Harry Phillips's son, William Augustus, inherited a strong and successful legacy and business. In 1879, William changed the firm's name to Messrs Phillips & Son. In1882, William brought his son-in-law, Frederick Neale into the business, the company was renamed again as Phillips, Son & Neale. This name remained through the 1970s, when the company became Phillips. The company had a reputation for strong regional salerooms dotted throughout The British Isles, selling everything from furniture to art and estates.

In 1999, the company was bought by Bernard Arnault, the chairman of the French luxury-goods brand, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH). Shortly after the transaction, Mr. Arnault merged with the esteemed private art dealers, Simon de Pury and Daniela Luxembourg who were operating the Impressionist and Modern art gallery, de Pury & Luxembourg in Zurich. The new team at Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg with headquarters on East 57th street held sales in Impressionist, American and Modern works of art in addition to watches and jewelry and design.

In 2002, de Pury & Luxembourg took majority control of the company and in 2003, Simon de Pury moved the headquarters to the Meatpacking District in Chelsea, which at the time was just beginning to sprout as an international art district, with a new remit to focus solely on the sale of the best works of Contemporary Art, Design, Jewelry, Photography, and Editions. 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.

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Abandon (Agbar) – Iván Navarro
Iván Navarro\nAbandon (Agbar)\nneon, mirror, one way mirror, painted wood and electrical components\n89.5 x 99.7 x 16.5 cm (35 1/4 x 39 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)\nExecuted in 2011. Phillips
Drifter, from 100 Years Ago, 2000-01 – Peter Doig
Peter Doig\nDrifter, from 100 Years Ago\n2000-01\nEtching and aquatint in colours, on Hahnemühle paper, with full margins,\nI. 88.6 x 145.4 cm (34 7/8 x 57 1/4 in.) S.112.5 x 167.5 cm (44 1/4 x 65 7/8 in.)\nsigned and numbered 30/46 in pencil (there were also 6 artist's proofs), published by The Paragon Press, London, framed. Phillips
Solid (Edition No. 31)
Zaha Hadid\nVacuum cast polyurethane resin multiple, with accompanying light-box, contained in the original plastic box.\nWith embossed signature and numbering 158/250, published by Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. Phillips
Footed bowl with inlaid design, Ca. 1978 – Lucie Rie
Lucie Rie\nFooted bowl with inlaid design\nca. 1978\nStoneware, glaze, the design incised into the body and inlaid.\n8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.) diameter \nImpressed with artist's seal. Phillips
5979 West End Boulevard, New Orleans, September, 2005 – Robert Polidori
Robert Polidori\n5979 West End Boulevard, New Orleans, September\n2005\nFujicolor Crystal Archive print, flush-mounted.\n34 x 47 1/2 in. (86.4 x 120.7 cm)\nSigned in ink, printed title, date and number 3/10 on a gallery label affixed to the frame backing. Phillips

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Phillips New York
450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
T: +1 212 940 1200
F: +1 212 940 1213
Phillips London
Howick Place
London SW1P 1BB UK
T: +44 20 7318 4010
F: +44 20 7318 4011