Francois Curiel on Christie’s Asia

HONG KONG- A bell rang out in the auction world late last month when Christie’s formally announced that world-renowned auctioneer Francois Curiel, a 40-year Christie’s veteran and leading jewelry expert, would be appointed president of the company’s Asia operation and director of its international jewelry department. Charming and driven, Curiel seems the perfect candidate to lead Christie’s expansion in the region given his success developing the auction house in New York (where he launched jewelry sales in 1977) and then Paris (where, as chairman of Christie’s France, he initiated a vast program of auctions in 2001). His arrival in Hong Kong is a clear indication of just how valuable Asia and particularly Mainland China has now become to the world’s leading auction houses. During his first week on the job, I sat down with Curiel in his Hong Kong office to talk about his formidable history with Christie’s, his plans for their future in Asia, and the Vivid Pink, the record-smashing diamond he sold at Christie’s in Hong Kong last fall.

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Posted: February 11th, 2010
at 6:15pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: bling,business,contemporary,development,auctions

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