Phillips announced today that Miety Heiden, Sotheby’s former senior vice president of contemporary private sales for North America, was named as its new deputy chairman and head of private sales. At Phillips, she will play a key role in developing the auction house’s private sales and business development efforts, along with managing relationships with many of the world’s top collectors.
According to Phillips, its private sales have been increasing in recent years. In May 2016, Phillips privately sold Diego Rivera’s Baile en Tehuantepec for $15.75 million, setting a new world record for any work of Latin American art. And Phillips recently hosted a private selling exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s abstract works, which was the highest-value selling exhibition ever hosted by the company, with a combined total value of about $100 million.
“Private sales are an increasingly important part of our strategy and I am delighted that Miety is joining our team to lead our efforts in this important area,” said CEO Edward Dolman. “With twenty years of experience in the art market, Miety is uniquely suited to take on an important leadership role at our company. Combined with her experience and exceptional track record serving clients and collectors, her business acumen perfectly complements our exceptional team of specialists across the globe.”
During her tenure at Sotheby’s, Heiden contributed to business development and managed client relationships for the New York and Hong Kong contemporary art evening and day sales. She also served as a consultant to the Chinese contemporary art department and was previously head of the modern and contemporary art department in Amsterdam. In addition, Heiden created Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, with locations in New York, London, and Hong Kong.