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Alexander Gilkes


New York, US



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.

Personal Business Advice

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.

Alexander Gilkes’s Newsfeed

05 Dec 2017
New York Times
International Luxury Conference 2017, The Age of Populism Threats and Theories

Francesca Bellettini, President and C.E.O., Saint Laurent, Alexander Gilkes, Co-Founder, Paddle8 and Laura Pancera, Global Head of Ultra-High-Net-Worth Positioning, UBS in conversation with Elizabeth Paton, European Styles Correspondent, The New York Times.

21 Nov 2017
Paddle8 Co-Founder Alexander Gilkes Never Travels Without His Lucky Gavel

When Alexander Gilkes lands in New York, where he lives and runs the online art auction company Paddle8, his mission is to get home as quickly as possible: “I’ll call my Uber as soon as the seat-belt release dings. I usually make it from plane to car in 15 minutes.” That’s the skill you pick up when you fly once a week like he does, scouring art fairs in London or checking in with investors in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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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.
Director and Chief Auctioneer
Jul 2008 - Sep 2010
London, UK
Phillips is the destination for international collectors to buy and sell the world’s most important contemporary works of art. Headquartered in New York and London, with offices throughout the world.
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Alexander Gilkes’ Education

1992 - 1997