New hires and promotions – a roundup of the latest employment news in the world of art and antiques


1818 Bill Nelson, manager of the auctioneers’ auction house.

1818 auctioneers

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson joined 1818.

Image: Steve Barbier

1818 Auctioneers in Cumbria expanded by taking on Simon Thompson, an auctioneer and appraiser who was previously with Penrith Farmers’ & Kidd’s (PF&K) which closed its fine arts department in 2020. Thompson also worked at Mitchells of Cockermouth

Auction house manager Bill Nelson (pictured top), who joined in 2016, said his move to timed online sales had helped boost his sales and he announced a banner year for 2021 with a figure turnover of just under £1.5m with profit up 50% on the previous year. .

Graham Budd

Graham Budd Auctions is under new ownership, with its founder becoming president. Former Sotheby’s director Graham Budd founded the sports memorabilia specialist 18 years ago and recently agreed to a sale to a syndicate led by businessman Tim Murphy. As part of the deal, Adam Gascoigne, who heads sports memorabilia curators and framers Sportsframe, is now CEO. Read about it in ATG 2530.

Portland Gallery

Jamie Anderson has joined the Portland Gallery in St James as Director.

He was previously with Waterhouse & Dodd in Mayfair for 23 years and most recently was head of its British Modern and Contemporary British Art departments. In his new role, he helps drive the company’s modern UK offering, managing estates and growing secondary market transactions. He also works on the Contemporary side of the gallery.


Adam Bilbey

Christie’s has appointed Adam Bilbey as global head of its wines and spirits department.

Christie’s has appointed Adam Bilbey as global head of its wines and spirits department.

The newly created role, working with teams across Asia, Europe and the United States, is based in Hong Kong as Bilbey already lives in the region.

Bilbey is responsible for helping Christie’s win shipments and drive sales in an effort to expand its wine business around the world.

François Curiel, President of Christie’s Europe, said: “Building on the strong contribution of APAC (Asia-Pacific) customers to our auctions in 2021 and the historic results achieved at the largest ever wine auction in Christie’s King Street last December, we are determined to take our luxury business to the next level, especially the wine and spirits category in Asia.

Bilbey previously worked at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong and previously at British wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd in Asia.

Heritage auctions


Michael Wajszczuk of Heritage.

Michael Wajszczuk has joined Heritage’s Beverly Hills office as Consignment Manager for the auction house’s watch category.

He joins Heritage after spending 14 years as the owner of Los Angeles-based Modernvintageclassic, Inc, a “custodian service specializing in luxury goods and watches.”

He started his career in the financial sector, as an analyst for Bloomberg Financial Markets, but changed careers.

Wajszczuk’s expertise has evolved from more than 30 years of collecting – primarily vintage diver’s watches and chronographs, but also several vintage Rolex Submariners, GMTs and what he calls his “Rolex Day-Date Bark Award”. Finish ref 18248”.

Last year, Heritage announced that Michael Schmidt had joined its Chicago office as Consignment Manager, Watches.


Tim Luke

American auction house Hindman has launched an independent division called Hindman Appraisals. He now uses secure appraisal management software with smartphone apps to streamline cataloging and photographing collections during on-site inspections.

Hindman’s Tim Luke will lead this new division as National Director of Assessments and Valuations.

He was also appointed Vice Chairman of the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) by the Appraisal Foundation, which is authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications in the United States. The seven-member council is responsible for writing, editing, and interpreting the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This will be Luke’s third year serving with the ASB.



Webb’s Charles Tongue.

Charles Tongue has joined New Zealand auction house Webb’s as Valuations Specialist.

He got his first role in an auction house at Dunbar Sloane in Wellington. Back in Auckland, he ran commercial art galleries from 1997 to 2008.

Tongue then moved to Abu Dhabi to manage an art gallery, direct public art programs and manage the gallery’s participation in major international art fairs.


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