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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Behind the bidding: The world's most expensive watch
Paul Newman's legendary Rolex Daytona watch surpassed all expectations, making a new world record when it sold for $17.8 million (with commission) at Phillips, New York, on October 26, 2017.
Watch this vase: Prices for Lucie Rie continues to rise at auction
With a work by Dame Lucie Rie coming up for auction this month at Woolley & Wallis, we explore how and why the artist's work continues to rise on the secondary market.
Stop Press! Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona comes to auction
The market for collectable watches over around the globe has increased incredibly. Now, a watch with a touch of Hollywood glamour: Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona, one of the world's most sought after and legendary watches will be coming to the market.
Sonne to be the next big thing
Going to auction on 6th April in Phillips New Now sale in London is a work from Kasper Sonne's TXC series, which was sent in by a Barnebys user to our valuation service.
From multi-million pound bids to a few pounds: Online auctions continue to go from strength to strength
Classic cars, Old Masters to an affordable piece of design furniture - in 2017, we predict online auctions will continue to boost the art, antiques and collectibles market.

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Jean Cocteau filming Testament of Orpheus, Nice, 1959 – Lucien Clergue
Lucien Clergue\nJean Cocteau filming Testament of Orpheus, Nice\n1959\nGelatin silver print, printed 2002.\n13 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. (33.3 x 35.9 cm).\nSigned in ink in the margin; signed, titled and copyright credit in ink on the verso. Phillips
Untitled, 2005 – Kelley Walker and Wade Guyton
Kelley Walker and Wade Guyton\nUntitled \n2005\nSilkscreen and digital print on canvas.  \n121.9 x 91.4 cm. (48 x 36 in). \nSigned and dated 'Guyton\Walker 05' on the reverse.  Phillips
Burlesque Comedienne in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J., 1963 – Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus\nBurlesque Comedienne in her dressing room, Atlantic City, N.J.\n1963\nGelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.\n14 x 14 1/4 in. (35.6 x 36.2 cm)\nStamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated, numbered 17/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink and reproduction limitation stamp on the verso. Phillips
I Resent My Own Happyness, 2002 – Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin\nI Resent My Own Happyness\nmonoprint on paper\n11 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (30 x 42 cm.)\nExecuted in 1998. Phillips
Articulated standard lamp, 1950s – Arredoluce
Arredoluce\nArticulated standard lamp\n1950s\nPainted tubular metal, tubular brass, painted aluminium.\n177 cm (69 5/8 in) high\nManufactured by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy. Underside of light switch impressed with ‘MADE IN ITALY/ARREDOLUCE MONZA’. 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