There are few names in the art world that carry as much power as “de Pury,” a prestige hard-earned by both Simon and Michaela de Pury. The accomplishments of the art-world couple are extensive. Simon served as chairman and head auctioneer of Phillips de Pury and Michaela was senior director of business at the auction house, before both stepped down in 2012.
Although Simon attracts much of the attention, Michela is an auctioneer, philanthropist, and avid collector in her own right. After earning her Ph.D. in Medieval and Renaissance Art from the University of Hamburg, she trained at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. It was while working at the latter that Michela turned her attention to modern and Impressionist art.
In 2013, the couple co-founded “de Pury & de Pury,” a company that specializes in handling private treaty sales, recently of artists such as Wojciech Fangor and Mary McCartney. Simon and Michaela brought their trove of experience to bear as they looked through Artsy’s preview of this year’s Art Basel
and chose their favorite works from the nearly 2,500 on display.