International Head of Masterpiece and Private Sales
As International Head, Masterpiece and Private Sales, and Head of the London annual Exceptional Sale, Amjad Rauf’s main focus is Decorative Arts Masterpieces, notably for sales in London, Paris and New York. Based in London, Amjad works closely with his Decorative Arts colleagues globally, as well as other Christie’s representatives, collaborating with them on matters of client relations, sourcing, valuations, curating and expertise. Responsible for Decorative Arts Private sales since 2014, Amjad staged the exhibtion “Empire, curated by Hubert de Givenchy” in 2014, and “Expanding Horizons”, in 2021, focusing on the relation between Asian Contemporary Art and Classical Decorative Arts.
One of the most international members of Christie’s Decorative Arts team, Amjad is fluent in English, Dutch, German and French. He joined the department in London in 1995, and has since, in various capacities, worked on the sales of European Decorative Arts as well as key European and US Collections, such as the sale of the late Dr Anton Dreesmann in 2002 (£22,4 Million); The Champalimaud and Wildenstein Collections in 2005 (£39 Million and £21,9 Million), Taste of the Royal Court in 2016 (£ 6,7 Million) and the Eric Albada jelgersma Collection in 2018 (£ 22 Million). A highly memorable moment in his career was the sale of the Badminton cabinet in 2004 (£ 19 Million), the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold at auction.
Developing Christie’s Decorative Arts strategy in Asia – working continuously and closely with Asian colleagues and their clients - has been added to Amjad’s respsonsibilties since 2018. For the landmark sale “Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection” in London in 2019, (£ 23 Million), Amjad was responsible for the Hong Kong tour of highlights as well as lectures and client visits in Beijing and Shanghai, and it was gratifying that numerous great works of art from this sale were bought (39%) and underbid by Asian clients. 20 years earlier, in 1999, Amjad worked on the sale of the collection of Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, one of Christie’s greatest collection sales, selling for a record of £ 57,7 Million.