Simon de Pury: Are we going to see more Matthew Barney sales?
One of the art world's leading figures, Simon de Pury is renowned for his deep and long-standing knowledge of the global marketplace and his legendary auctioneering style. He generates excitement in the saleroom with a display of great wit and can conduct sales in four languages-English, French, German and Italian.
Born in Basel in 1951, Simon de Pury studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo in the 1970s. After working at the auctioneers, Kornfeld & Klipstein in Bern and subsequently studying at Sotheby's Institute, Simon de Pury joined Sotheby's working in London, Geneva and Monte Carlo.
In 1997, Simon de Pury co-founded with Daniella Luxembourg, de Pury & Luxembourg Art, a Geneva-based art advisory firm. In 2001, this firm merged with Phillips Auctioneers to become Phillips, de Pury and Luxembourg which specialized in the sale of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art, Jewelry, Photography, and 20th and 21st Century Decorative Arts. In 2004, Simon de Pury became the majority shareholder and Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company.
Simon de Pury: Yes we definitely will. I think there will be new collecting categories that we . . . don’t even exist yet at this moment; or that haven’t come to total fruition – that are gonna become more and more important. For instance old portable telephones; old computers; all these objects that we take for granted; that we use in our daily lives change nearly every four to six months – those will become collecting categories in their own right. I mentioned earlier Japanese toys and robots. They will become more and more valuable. They will be limited editions by those artists who are great artists in their own right. And so these are markets that are going to develop and grow, so taste is constantly evolving. Recorded on: 2/7/08
De Pury believes there's also an untapped market for old Japanese robots.
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