The Auctioneer

The Red Dress Couture Ball’s live auction is to be one of the many highlights of the night, and will take place immediately following the runway show at the Town Hall.

Christie’s International Director, Auctioneering

Hugh Edmeades joined Christie’s South Kensington in 1978 as a furniture specialist. In 1984, he became Head of the Furniture Department and in the same year conducted his first auction. In 1990, Hugh was appointed Director of Specialist Departments, a role in which he worked closely with professional advisors, personally overseeing the disposal of numerous estates through a variety of innovative specialist sales.

After three years as Deputy Chairman, Hugh was appointed Chairman of Christie’s South Kensington in 1999. In June 2001, at the annual British Antiques and Collectables Awards ceremony, he was one of the four nominations for the Auctioneer of the Year award. In 2006 Hugh was appointed as Christie’s International Auctioneer.

In over 25 years as an auctioneer, Hugh has conducted more than 1,700 auctions, selling some 250,000 lots, realising in excess of £700 million. The undoubted highlight of his career in the rostrum came in July 2005, when he sold a Chinese, Yuan Dynasty, blue and white vase for £15.6 million, the highest price paid at Christie’s that year. In December 2006, he sold the Audrey Hepburn “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” dress for £467,000.

Hugh is also a much sought after auctioneer for high profile national and international charity auctions, conducting over 40 such sales a year and has sold in Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Geneva, Dubai, Zurich, Doha, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca, helping to raise in excess of £20 million for numerous charities in just the last two years. In 2005, he was chosen to conduct the BBC’s inaugural televised celebrity auction in aid of Children in Need. In 2008, he conducted the auction for Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Gala in London, selling the eight lots for £4.3 million.

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