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mr Alexander Gilkes

Art, Business, New York

Alexander Gilkes - Men's Style Council Member

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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My Working Day: Auction House Founder Mr Alexander Gilkes


    A simple, navy Swatch.


    Salvador Dalí. A perfect match of dandy and eccentric.


    A.P.C. and Ami. Love the simplicity and modernity.


    D R Harris deodorant. I’m a sucker for the St James’s store.

  • BAG

    My brother gave me a 1950s Elizabeth II diplomat briefcase.

  • BOOK

    Don Quixote: the Basil Fawlty/David Brent of 17th-century literature.