Jonathan Crockett

Chairman, Asia and Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Arts, Asia, Phillips

 

Top auctioneer Jonathan Crockett is responsible for spearheading Philip’s growth across key markets in Asia, and in 2020 helped generate the highest auction sales in the history of Phillips in Asia

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Jonathan Crockett is both chairman for Asia and head of 20th century and contemporary art in Asia at Phillips. Since joining the company in 2016, Crockett has spearheaded its growth, establishing Phillips’ regional headquarters in Hong Kong, as well as the expansion of the company across Asia. In 2020, Phillips’ auction sales in Asia totalled US$152 million, marking the highest takings in the company’s history in the region. This year, Philip’s Hong Kong sales for 20th century and contemporary art achieved double ‘white glove’ status—a term used to describe the rare occurrence 100 per cent of the lots offered in an auction being sold— for a record total of US$90 million.

As a seasoned auctioneer, Crockett has overseen major sales and under his guidance, a number of important artist-world auction records have been made; most recently, the sale of Yoshitomo Nara’s Missing in Action, which was the most expensive lot sold at Phillips globally in the first half of 2021, fetching US$16 million. Other notable highlights include consigning Peter Doig’s Rosedale, which sold for US$29 million, setting a world record for any living British artist.

“Nothing beats those exciting, high-octane moments in an evening auction, particularly when two determined bidders go head-to-head and decide that they must win a lot at whatever cost. Fireworks happen, with people sometimes jumping multiple bid increments. It’s something that always gets the adrenaline pumping.”

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Prior to joining Phillips, Jonathan Crockett worked for Sotheby’s in London. During his time there, he played an important part in the sale of Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper which sold for HK$180.4 million in 2013. He is an active sportsman and has represented Great Britain in both rowing and skiing.

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