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Marlborough Fine Art hires Sotheby’s expert

Alexander Platon was heavily involved in the auction houses private sales department

“I was a dealer inside the confines of an auction house,” Platon says

Alexander Platon, who left Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art department earlier this year, has joined Marlborough Fine Art in London to head its secondary art business.

The new role is not so different from Platon’s previous day job: he was heavily involved in Sotheby’s private sales department, starting the auction house’s annual selling exhibition at Chatsworth House in 2006, as well as managing its “Modern Masters” exhibitions in Asia. “I was a dealer inside the confines of an auction house,” Platon says.

Art fairs are, however, one area where he will be able to let himself loose for the first time and his art market debut will be at Art Basel (19-22 June) where he will be in charge of the gallery’s booth. While he has yet to commit to the works coming to the fair, he says that he is looking at blue-chip artists from the 20th-century to the present, in order to bring what he says collectors now most want to see and own. This includes, potentially, taking works on consignment by artists that Marlborough does not represent (such as Christopher Wool).

Platon joined Marlborough at the start of May and describes the gallery, which was founded in 1946, as “an amazing brand with seven decades of art dealing history.”

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