Sotheby’s expands to Monaco and Hansons hires new faces – the latest job moves in the art market

Sotheby’s has opened a new permanent gallery in Monaco.


Sotheby’s has opened a new permanent gallery in Monaco and hired a new director.

The auction house opened a pop-up gallery in the principality last year and after strong sales decided to make it a permanent space.

Sotheby’s expansion follows record private sales across Sotheby’s France and Monaco in 2020 and 2021 as well as its successful auction of 600 lots from the Karl Largerfeld collection in Monte Carlo last year (its first in the principality in almost 25 years)

The gallery’s opening is part of its broader private sales growth strategy which includes a gallery in Aspen, Colorado, this summer and follows the launch of galleries in Palm Beach, East Hampton and Los Angeles in recent years.

For its first exhibition, which opens on July 4, just before artmonte-carlo (July 14-16), Sotheby’s has brought together a selection of works from the private collections of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne.

The gallery at 20 avenue de la Costa in Monte Carlo will also house his Monegasque office, which will set up there.

Marc Armstrong

Mark Armstrong leaves Sotheby’s after a 40-year career at the auction house. Image: Peter Seyfferth of Sotheby’s.

Mark Armstrong is retiring after 40 years at the head of the company and Louise Grether, previously at Artcurial, has joined the management of Sotheby’s Monaco.

Louise Grether

Louise Grether, previously at Artcurial, joins as director of Sotheby’s Monaco.

At Artcurial, Grether opened its Monte Carlo office in July 2015. Originally from the United Kingdom, Grether is bilingual in English and French. Since 2020, she is also president of Monaco Art Week. Sotheby’s opened its first office in Monaco in 1967 and was the first international auction house to hold sales in the principality.


Christie’s returns to Aspen, Colorado with a pop-up gallery in the city. The two-story, 2,635-square-foot art gallery near the Aspen Museum of Art was designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf (who also designed Christie’s New York’s new galleries at Rockefeller Center ). and includes an outdoor sculpture garden. Activities will take place throughout the summer. Christie’s has been hosting events and exhibitions in Aspen for 20 years.


Virginia Ewart

Virginia Ewart, a textiles and fashion appraiser, joined Hansons at her Staffordshire auction room at Bishton Hall.

Hansons Auctioneers has hired seven new staff and consultants across its four UK auction houses.

Newcomers include textile and fashion appraiser Virginia Ewart and jewelry, silverware and watch appraiser Melissa Lee-Patrick, who both join his Staffordshire auction house team at Bishton Hall. Lee-Patrick will also work with Hansons’ Banbury auction house.

Melissa Lee-Patrick

Jewelry, silverware and watch appraiser Melissa Lee-Patrick has joined Hansons Staffordshire Auction House at Bishton Hall.

Hansons’ team at Bishton Hall has also been bolstered by the arrival of General Assessor Kim Wood, who specializes in 20th-century objects, silverware, pre-Victorian and Art Deco ceramics.

At Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire (its head office and auction house), Dr Gwynne Harries joined as a philatelic consultant. Harries will work as part of a collaboration between Hansons and auction house Spink & Son.

Dr. Gwynne Harries

Philatelic consultant Dr Gwynne Harries has joined Hansons.

Doll and teddy bear consultant Janet Rawnsley has joined to help grow Hansons toy sales and will run monthly review events in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Ian Hall, who has been in the art and antiques trade for 37 years, including at Hall Fine Art near Nottingham, joins as a consultant focusing on developing services to professional and private clients.

Dr Richard Halliday

Dr Richard Halliday has returned from a six-month sabbatical to join Hansons Banbury Auction House as Head of Ceramics Conservation at Hanson Holloway’s Ross.

Dr Richard Halliday, who has returned after a six-month sabbatical, joins Hansons’ Banbury auction house to take up the post of Head of Ceramics Conservation at Hanson Holloway’s Ross.

Charles Hanson said: “The growth of the business has enabled us to strengthen Hansons’ team of appraisers and antiques experts to support our auction houses in London, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire. .

FCS Compliance

Rena Neville

Rena Neville, founder of Corinth Consulting. Image: Photograph by Tom Trevatt.

Former Sotheby’s global compliance director Rena Neville has launched a new anti-money laundering division within a property consultancy firm.

The anti-money laundering art division was created with compliance specialists FCS Compliance.

Neville, who is also the founder of Corinth Consulting, has created what she calls a “one-stop service for art market businesses subject to UK anti-money laundering legislation”.

The new operation, FCS Compliance Art Division, will also include Neville’s Deputy Director at Corinth Consulting, Paula Trommel and will work with Malcolm Driscoll, Principal AML Consultant at FCS Compliance.

Paula Trommel

Paula Trommel, Deputy Director of Corinth Consulting. Image: Photograph by Tom Trevatt.

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