Paul Gilbert
Epstein Becker Green, P.C.
Ken Goldman
Hillspire LLC

Alexander Gilkes


New York, NY, USA



Alexander Gilkes


Alexander Gilkes is the co-founder of Paddle8, the auction house for the 21st century. He was formerly one of the youngest executives at LVMH and served as Chief Auctioneer at Phillips de Pury, where he hammered down new records for the company, including a $56-million Rothko.

Widely recognized as the leading auctioneer of his generation, he has wielded the gavel for causes from the Guggenheim to Elton John’s Academy Awards auction. In total, Alexander has sold over $1 billion of art and design.

Raised in London and educated at Eton, he has been based in New York since 2008.

Alexander Gilkes’ Newsfeed

Architectural Digest
Paddle8 Unveils New Form and Function to Benefit Bidders and Charities Alike

According to cofounder Alexander Gilkes, the site's new form and function is a sign of evolution—and a mark of its adaptation to the new auction bidder. "Paddle8's latest experience represents our most refined iteration so far," Gilkes said...

7 Gift Ideas For The Jet-Setter And Best-Dressed

Alexander Gilkes, cofounder and president of online fine art and collectibles auction house Paddle8, leads the approachable art world in style often appearing on best-dressed lists. The jet-setter always packs his gavel in his carry-on, along with an eye mask and headphones. His suggestion fro the perfect gift? A fun Maurizio Cattelan or David Shrigley edition.

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Alexander Gilkes’ Background

Jan 2011 - Present
London, UK
Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. Paddle8 gives a global community of passionate collectors unprecedented access to online auctions of high - caliber inventory. They partner with celebrated cultural institutions and international tastemakers on special auctions to help collectors access the extraordinary and discover new passions.
Jan 2018 - Present
Basel, CH
The Native SA is an international technology & media company which services global corporate clients with e-commerce, data analytics & blockchain technologies, payment services, customer support and content & digital marketing.
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Alexander Gilkes’ Education

1992 - 1997