Sotheby’s opens office in India with two new appointments. Edward Gibbs will take reins as Chairman, Sotheby’s India, Middle East and North Africa; and Priyanka Mathew has been appointed Regional Director, Sotheby’s India. With offices in many cities in the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Doha, the international auction house will now set up a base in Mumbai. While Sotheby’s has been working with prominent collectors and organising regular events in both New Delhi and Mumbai for a few decades, the move to put down roots in the country will enable the auction house to extend its reach to new collectors as well as consolidate its relationship with existing collectors in the coming years.
Bonhams has announced the appointment of Oliver White as the new head of its UK Islamic and Indian Art department with immediate effect. Oliver has been a specialist in the department for the past five years and takes up his new role at an exciting time. Bonhams secured nearly 50% of the market during Indian and Islamic auction week in April 2015 when its sale containing weapons from the armoury of Tipu Sultan, made more than £7.4 million. White said: “This is a wonderful opportunity and my challenge is to build on the achievements of the past to secure continued success in the future.”