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  • 6 February 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Dirk Boll appointed President, Christie's EMERI


Christie’s announces Professor Dirk Boll has been appointed President, Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India effective immediately and reporting to Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer.

“Dirk combines being a true art connoisseur with long, proven, commercial experience and acumen”, commented Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s. “As President, EMERI, Dirk will oversee our business and client activities in the region working closely with Christie’s market-leading team of specialists,”    continued Christie’s CEO.

Dirk joined Christie’s in 1998 in London before moving to Germany to head the Stuttgart office. In 2004, he transferred to Zurich to become Managing Director of the region before being promoted in 2011 to Managing Director, Continental Europe, relocating to London at the time. In this role he has run all the regional offices in the region including in the Middle East, Russia and India.

Dirk was born in Kassel, and was influenced from an early age by Germany’s prestigious documenta exhibitions that his home city has hosted every five years. He studied law and art management at the universities of Göttingen and Freiburg im Breisgau.

Dirk is Professor for Art Management at the University of Hamburg. He publishes regularly in various daily papers and international magazines. His book Art for Sale – a Candid View of the Art Market (HatjeCantz) combines his background in law with his current professional area, analysing the legal and economic basis for the art market. In 2015, he launched a publication on the development of art auctions: Auctioneers who made Art History (HatjeCantz).

Dirk is also a board member of the Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum, a member of the Advisory Board of University of Zürich and a board member of the Deusser Foundation, Zürich/Bad Zurzach.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2018 that totalled £5.3 billion / $7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.