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Phillips Makes Latest Hire from Bonhams

Alex Vourvoulis will help the auction house break in to the Los Angeles market.
Aug 14, 2019 6:05 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Phillips has hired Alexis Vourvoulis to help build up its jewelry business in Los Angeles, a key target market for the company.

“The move reflects the growth of the Phillips jewelry department and the increasing importance of California to the company’s expansion,” the auction house said Tuesday.

Vourvoulis is the sixth new hire for the department since the beginning of 2018, and the third from Bonhams, where she was a jewelry specialist for Los Angeles. She will report to Susan Abeles, Phillips’ head of jewelry for the Americas, who joined from Bonhams last year, and will work with worldwide head of jewelry Graeme Thompson, who moved from the same company to Phillips in April.

“We’re building a world-class jewelry department around the world,” Thompson explained. “California is a key target for our development efforts, and I believe Alexis is perfectly positioned to increase our activities and visibility in the region. She will spend a great deal of time with collectors on the west coast and throughout the Americas as we build on our strategy of engaging with clients across the globe so we can continue to grow our market share.”

Vourvoulis, who will take on the role of senior specialist and vice president for Los Angeles, will work with the company’s existing team in the city as well as other specialists throughout the Americas. She will be responsible for working with new and existing clients on consignments, and for creating cross-marketing opportunities with Phillips’ other teams, such as those handling 20th-century and contemporary art, design, photographs, editions, and watches.

“Alexis has a deep understanding of the jewelry market and a commitment to putting clients first,” Abeles noted. “A well-respected expert in the industry, having worked in Florida, California, New York and Paris, she is passionate about estate jewelry, possesses extraordinary personal skills, and is actively working with a number of charitable organizations.”

Image: Alexis Vourvoulis. (Phillips)
Tags: Alex Vourvoulis, bonhams, Graeme Thompson, Phillips, Rapaport News, senior specialist and vice president for Los Angeles, Susan Abeles
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