Head of Department,
Specialist - Scientific Instruments, Globes and Natural History
London, South Kensington
James has been Christie’s specialist for Scientific Instruments, Globes and Natural History since 2007, and head of Department since 2012.
His first auction at Christie’s was the highly successful pair of Blaeu globes sold in Amsterdam in 2008 for a world record price (€793,850). Other early highlights include the silver armillary sphere in the Yves Saint Laurent sale (€781,000) and the silver simple microscope by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in 2009 (£313,250). James’ strong personal interest in Geology has resulted in the growth of Natural History sales over the years, notable success include the skull of a Triceratops in September 2013 (£193,875) and a world record price for an Elephant Bird Egg in April 2014 (£122,500). With the advent of online sales, he was the first to launch dedicated history of science and technology sales, in June 2013 an Apple-1 personal computer sold for $387,750 in the sale First Bytes: Iconic Technology from the Twentieth Century, followed by a world record price for an enigma machine in November 2014 Code Breakers: Enigmas and Other Cipher Machines for $365,000.
A graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, James speaks fluent English and French; he previously worked for a UK science museum and has sat on the committee of the Scientific Instrument Society from 2009-13.