After working on the development of champagne brand Krug for the LVMH group, Mr Alexander Gilkes was headhunted by Mr Simon de Pury and tasked with modernising the centuries-old auction house Phillips. In 2011, Mr Gilkes cofounded Paddle8, an auction site that brought the prestige of the high-value, bricks-and-mortar house to the online marketplace, and in doing so has blown the dust off selling art in the digital age. He has also made a name for himself as the go-to auctioneer for major charity fundraisers.
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