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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My House II, 2000 – Christopher Wool
Christopher Wool\nMy House II\n2000\nScreenprint in colours, on matt custom art paper, with full margins,\nI. 99 x 73.7 cm (38 7/8 x 29 in.) S. 101.4 x 76 cm (39 7/8 x 29 7/8 in.)\nsigned, dated '2000' and numbered 'AP 15/20' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 100), published by Counter Editions, London, framed. Phillips
Manufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, China, 2005 – Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky\nManufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, China\n2005\nFujicolor Crystal Archive print.\n47 1/4 x 72 3/8 in. (120 x 183.8 cm) Overall 50 x 74 1/2 in. (127 x 189.2 cm)\nSigned in ink, printed title, date and number 2/6 on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. Phillips
Smokie Alexandratte, 2002 – Jonathan Meese
Jonathan Meese\nSmokie Alexandratte\n2002\nOil on canvas with artificial bacon.  \n82 2/3 x 55 1/8 in. (210 x 140 cm).\nInitialed and dated "JM2002" lower left and right.  Signed, titled and dated "Jonathan Meese Smokie Alexandratte 2002" and "JMeese 2002" on the reverse. Phillips
A fine titanium skeletonised tonneau-shaped wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date, Circa 2005 – Richard Mille
Richard Mille\nA fine titanium skeletonised tonneau-shaped wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and date\nCirca 2005\n39 mm. wide\nCase, dial and movement signed Phillips
Untitled (Hell), 2005 – Dash Snow
Dash Snow\nUntitled (Hell)\n2005\ndigital C-print\n50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in) 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