Christie’s Zackary Wright and former Sotheby’s director Charlie Smith join Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions


Zackary Wright

Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith

I know the future is ripe for continued growth and success across Europe and beyond. I am delighted to be back in the fold of Sotheby’s.

-Charlie Smith

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, June 15, 2022 / — Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, the world’s leading luxury real estate auction house, today announced two key hires as part of the continued international expansion of the business: Zackary Wright, Executive Director of Christie’s International Real Estate and former Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s International Realty, and Charlie Smith, Owner of London Real Estate Advisors (LREA) and former Managing Director of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Having recently announced its name change to Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions following its joint acquisition by auction house Sotheby’s, the world’s leading destination for fine art and luxury goods, and Anywhere Real Estate Inc (NYSE : HOUS), the largest full-service residential real estate service in the United States, Wright and Smith are returning to the Sotheby’s family of brands.

“Our clients live global lifestyles and many, if not most, own multiple homes around the world. As we continue to grow our international auctions, Zack and Charlie will lead this growth using their veteran experiences in the industry,” said Chad Roffers, president. “I have known both of them personally for years and have always been impressed with their global reach, their proficiency in real estate transactions with high-end clients and their knowledge of luxury properties and markets around the world.”

Zackary Wright
With seasoned experience in the global luxury real estate market and over 25 years in the industry, Wright will serve as Executive Vice President, Private Client Group, Asia Pacific, leading corporate development strategy. and managing relationships with the firm’s wealthy clientele.

Having seen first-hand the increase in the number of Chinese buyers over the past decade, the company began its initial expansion into the Asia-Pacific market with a series of real estate showcase events at real estate showcases. in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dubai, and Singapore as part of biannual collection sales in partnership with Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.

“The US real estate market continues to be a preferred destination for Chinese capital, with Chinese investors also becoming particularly active in Australia, the UK, Europe and Canada, among others. This influx, coupled with the global adoption of our auction app, has made a focus on outreach to Asia-Pacific consumers an obvious next step,” added Roffers.

Wright’s career began as a real estate agent and brokerage manager in a high-end luxury market in California more than 30 years ago before joining Sotheby’s International Realty as Senior Vice President, Managing the Network growing in the western region and expanding into Mexico and Latin America. Since 2010, as Executive Director of Christie’s International Real Estate, Wright has developed strategic partnerships and organized events for top clients across the Christie’s network, including the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, and real estate exhibitions at bi-annual Christie’s auctions in Hong Kong, the company’s expansion into new markets across Asia, the Pacific and Western territories.

“Following the company’s recent rebranding to Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions, I am delighted to once again join the Sotheby’s family,” said Wright. “Having started my career in the high-end luxury market in California over 30 years ago and since then specializing in the luxury sector in Asia-Pacific, I look forward to further strengthening the brand’s presence and… further introduce the Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions platform in key destination markets across the region.

Charlie Smith
After serving as a strategic advisor to Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions for the past five years, Smith will lead the firm’s growing international presence as Executive Vice President, EMEA. The company has been very successful in Europe, with over 230 million euros and over 40 sales spanning the UK, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Dubai and Morocco, among others.

Smith brings over 25 years of luxury real estate experience as a commercial director and is a veteran in all areas of residential and mixed-use real estate, including significant experience in strategic planning and development. Business.

Smith founded his own London-based property consultancy, LREA, and previously for seven years was Managing Director of Sotheby’s International Realty in the UK, a member of numerous Sotheby’s Steering Committees and a member of the Board of administration of London and Prime of Countrywide, following his engineering of the sale of Sotheby’s International Realty of Realogy to Countrywide.

Previously a Fine Art Underwriter at Hiscox, he has been involved throughout his career in the high net worth area and has a keen understanding of private client culture. Smith is listed in Debrett’s People of Today and, with extensive print and TV credits, has a savvy and experienced working relationship with the media.

“I have witnessed the remarkable success Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions has achieved as an EMEA strategic advisor over the past five years, and having established such a strong foundation, I know the future is ripe for growth and success. throughout Europe and beyond. I am delighted to be back in the Sotheby’s fold,” said Smith.

For more information about positions with Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions or its platform or to apply, please call 212.202.2940.

About Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions
Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions is the world’s largest luxury real estate auction marketplace, with a state-of-the-art digital marketing, property preview and auction platform. The company connects unique home sellers with some of the most knowledgeable real estate connoisseurs on the planet. Sellers benefit from unparalleled reach, speed and certainty. Buyers receive curated opportunities. Agents earn their commission in 30 days. In November 2021, the company was acquired by Sotheby’s, the world’s leading destination for fine art and luxury goods, and Anywhere Real Estate Inc (NYSE: HOUS), the world’s largest full-service residential real estate services company. United States, holding a joint 80% interest. Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions continues to operate independently, partnering with estate agents affiliated with many industry-leading brokerages to run luxury auctions for clients. Since its inception in 2008, Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions has generated billions of dollars in sales, broken world records for the most expensive homes ever sold at auction, and held auctions in 46 U.S. states and 32 countries. The company has one of the most comprehensive and intelligent databases of affluent real estate buyers and sellers in the industry, and it has pledged to build over 300 homes through its Key For Key.® donation program in partnership with Giveback Homes™, which ensures that for every property the company sells, a new home is funded for a family in need. For more information, visit

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