Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Lord Harry Dalmeny as Chairman in the United Kingdom. In this capacity, Lord Dalmeny will lead Sotheby’s client-focused activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, continuing to develop and nurture key relationships, and drive Sotheby’s strategy. He will also be responsible for ensuring a rich and exciting trajectory for Sotheby’s long tradition of landmark house and single-owner sales – an area in which he has, for many years, played a highly significant role.
“Harry is one of those remarkable forces of nature that attracts everyone to it,” said Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO. “He is a master on the rostrum and that passion and charisma carry through everything he does. I am delighted that he has accepted this crucial leadership position in Sotheby’s founding home.”
Lord Dalmeny began his career at Sotheby’s in 1990 as a graduate trainee. Early on, he worked in the Old Master, Furniture and Silver departments, and in 1993 he joined the House Sales & Private Collection department, which he now leads. Over the course of his tenure at Sotheby’s, He has played a leading role in many of the most significant British house and single-owner sales of the last quarter century,
including the Duke & Duchess of Windsor sale (February 1998), the Chatsworth Attic sale (October 2010), and the Castle Howard sale (July 2015).
Lord Dalmeny is one of Sotheby’s most senior auctioneers, having presided over many landmark sales. He is also an active charity auctioneer and in the past 5 years he has taken 124 charity auctions, raising £17.6 million for organizations such as The National Children’s Trust, the National Portrait Gallery, and The British Heart Foundation, among others.
“Having watched Harry in action over many years, and having him seen him work his magic – both on the rostrum and at some of Sotheby’s most prestigious and exciting events – I am thrilled to see him take on the position of UK Chairman,” commented The Duke of Devonshire. “Humorous and quick-witted, his limitless energy and enthusiasm are contagious. He is one of the few auctioneers who can keep up the momentum on the rostrum for hours – days even – on end. I know that with Harry at the helm, Sotheby’s can be sure that major projects are executed with style and verve, and with characteristic attention to detail.”
Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Global Fine Art Division, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).
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