Patricia Kontos Joins Leonard Joel

We are thrilled to advise of a new appointment and the expansion of our office network that completes Leonard Joel’s strategy for eastern seaboard auction market coverage for our national jewellery department.

Patricia Kontos, former jewellery specialist with Sotheby’s joins the Leonard Joel Melbourne Jewellery team as Senior Jewellery Specialist, and Troy McKenzie in Brisbane now expands his brief to establish permanent offices for Leonard Joel in Queensland.

Complimented by the appointment of Hamish Sharma last year as Head of Important Jewels, Sydney, and Bethany McGougan’s appointment as Head of Fine Jewels & Timepieces, Melbourne, Leonard Joel now presents the most credentialed, experienced and expansive auction market coverage for jewellery and wristwatches in Australia. And this expanded network now ensures our sellers enjoy an unrivaled buyer base and exposure for their jewellery consignments.

John Albrecht, CEO of Leonard Joel says, “It was 40 years ago this year that Leonard Joel conducted the first important jewellery auction in Australia, the collection of the Hollywood actress Claire Adams MacKinnon (pictured). My own passion for jewellery came from my late father Kurt Albrecht and my passion for all things auction came from my great mentor Graham Joel. I think they’d both be chuffed at just how far Leonard Joel Jewellery has come.” 

So whether you are contemplating the sale of a single item or entire collection, please consider the most credentialed team of jewellery specialists in Australia:


Hamish Sharma
Head of Important Jewels
Bethany McGougan, F.G.A.A., BA Hons, MSc
Head of Fine Jewels & Timepieces
Patricia Kontos, F.G.A.A
Senior Jewellery Specialist










Troy McKenzie, FGA CDG
Queensland Representative Specialist
John D’Agata, F.G.A.A
Head of Luxury
Caroline Tickner, BA Hons, F.G.A.A
Head of Valuations









March 2021