Simon De Pury establishes new online auctions
Two and a half years after leaving the auction house that took his name and which now belongs to the Mercury, Phillips de Pury & Company group, on 12 October 2015, Simon De Pury is to inaugurate his new website depurydepury.com.
The platform will serve to organise online auctions, such as those which are to take place for the inauguration, offering 400 works taken from the collection of the Baron Lambert, including the image bank (the Banque Bruxelles Lambert / BBL) which was reacquired at the end of the 1990s by the ING group, bringing together numerous historical images of Man Ray, Hilla and Bernd Becher, Larry Clark, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, and Andreas Gursky. However, in order to ensure that the works do not lose their depth over the internet, those that will be put up for sale online will also be exhibited at Dover Street, in London, in the premises of the Mallett Antiques gallery, which will be working together with De Pury on this new initiative.
With the aim of gathering the necessary funds for the creation of the website, De Pury also called upon Klaus Hommels, a Swiss businessman specialised in venture capital known for his stakes taken in the numerous start-ups that made his fortune such as Facebook, Skype, and more recently Spotify and Xing.