Founded in 1796 by Harry Phillips, the auction house has undergone different incarnations before reverting to its original name in 2013. Previously trading as Phillips de Pury, the company was sold by Simon de Pury to Russian retail firm Mercury Group in 2008.

Now headquartered on Park Avenue in New York and Berkeley Square in London with other offices worldwide, Phillips focuses on contemporary and modern art, including photography, editions, design, watches and jewellery. They also host exhibitions, broker private sales and offer consultancy services.

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Lukewarm totals at London Contemporary art series

15 February 2016

The Contemporary art market survived better than many had expected at the London auction series last week.

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Phillips set new high for Martin Brothers

31 December 2015

Phillips set a new high for Martinware with the sale of this 14in (36cm) high bird jar modelled as Benjamin Disraeli for a double-estimate $190,000 (£126,670).

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Phillips migrate Martinware to New York while Greenslade’s gourds surface at Salisbury auction

29 October 2015

Two single-owner collections of Martinware – each exceptional in their own way – will appear for sale on either side of the Atlantic this autumn.

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New highs for Lucie Rie and Peder Moos as Phillips’ design sale gives boost to London hub

15 October 2015

London’s growing importance as a hub for Modern design – boosted with the imminent return of sales at Sotheby’s – was underlined this month with records at Phillips in Mayfair.

Phillips join Sotheby’s in streaming sales live on eBay

11 September 2015

Phillips are to begin-streaming their sales live on eBay’s platform for upmarket auctions of fine art and antiques.

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Contemporary art week: some bumps on the record road

06 July 2015

The latest series of Contemporary art auctions in London posted a bumper total despite the failure of some big-ticket lots.

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Pointing to a new pricing territory at flagship auction fortnight in New York

18 May 2015

The latest Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York took the market to new heights with $2.73bn (£1.84bn) changing hands over two weeks of flagship sales.

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Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge makes record for a living designer at £2.1m

06 May 2015

The Lockheed Lounge by Australian designer Marc Newson beat its own record as the most expensive work to sell at auction by a living designer when it fetched £2.1m at Phillips in London.

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Phillips join the Mayfair set in Berkeley Square

17 September 2014

Phillips have made a statement of intent by opening their new saleroom and exhibition space in the heart of Mayfair and on the doorstep of Sotheby’s and Bonhams.

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New York series posts record auction total

16 May 2014

There was no slowing down in the Contemporary art market as the latest sales in New York posted a record for any auction series.

Dolman to take over as chairman and CEO at Phillips

28 April 2014

Christie's former chief executive Edward Dolman is to become chairman and chief executive officer of Phillips this summer.


New York Contemporary sales bring back feelgood factor

19 November 2012

The Contemporary art market rose to a new level last week as both Sotheby’s and Christie’s saw record sales in New York.


Slowhand keeps the market up to speed with £19m Richter

18 October 2012

This year’s Frieze week auction totals in London were largely consistent with 2011, but the much-publicised sale of Eric Clapton’s prize abstract by Gerhard Richter (b.1932) proved crucial in bolstering the overall figures.


Stellar lots drive Contemporary art market upwards

02 July 2012

Highly lucrative totals, a record sale and a selection of unprecedented prices seen for individual artists – the Contemporary art market seemed to carry on regardless in London last week.


Record prices reached for Contemporary sales

14 May 2012

A string of record prices for leading names in the Contemporary art market saw the amount of money raised in the latest New York auction series heading back to boom-time levels.


Warhol at Phillips de Pury tops New York contemporary art sales

15 November 2010

THE price of $56.5m (£36.9m) seen for Andy Warhol's The Men in Her Life at Phillips de Pury's evening sale, meant that for the first time in a New York Contemporary art auction series the top lot did not come from Sotheby's or Christie's.

Phillips expand in New York

04 October 2010

PHILLIPS de Pury will open a second auction and exhibition gallery in New York, at 450 Park Avenue.


Climate change for contemporary art

27 October 2008

THE balloon-like market for contemporary art lost much of its air last week as both the Frieze Art Fair and its related auctions suffered the full force of the global economic crisis.

Russian firm take over Phillips de Pury

13 October 2008

The Moscow-based luxury retail giant Mercury Group have bought a majority stake in the London-based international auctioneers Phillips de Pury & Company. Phillips de Pury said that Mercury initially offered a possible partnership in July last year, but the deal developed into an effective takeover last week.

Phillips’ Hip Hop jewel sale delayed

22 September 2008

Phillips de Pury’s Hip Hop Crown Jewels auction scheduled for October 1 in New York has been postponed until March 5, 2009.