The economy of beautiful things and interesting people, as I like to personally describe Leonard Joel, is, with 2020 behind us, a very different auction house that looks to the future with a commitment to improving our digital and physical customer experiences.
Having pushed through all the challenges – both frightening and fascinating – of last year, we look forward to expanding our offering in different ways.
For the sake of novelty I’ll start in Queensland, where under the infectious enthusiasm of Brisbane-born Troy McKenzie, we will be expanding our auction services to the collectors of that state with select viewings and auction events.
In our Sydney office, we have expanded our footprint with a devoted Client Lounge that will soon be available for visitors to our Woollahra salerooms requiring more private consultations with our specialists. Our Important Jewels department expands its team with the appointment of Louisa Hirst who brings extensive international experience from her time with Sotheby’s in New York.
Our Melbourne flagship is not short of news either, with the appointment of Bethany McGougan as our new Head of Fine Jewels & Timepieces. Bethany too has extensive local and international auction experience and with a real passion for finding that perfect ring for clients, she will bring a refreshing signature style to her Melbourne department. New categories also enter our calendar this year with our first devoted Indigenous Art Auction to be held in February under the thoughtful eye of Lucy Foster in Melbourne.
These will be our differences in 2021 as we gradually further connect and grow our Eastern seaboard market places for our clients, both buyers and sellers, with the continuous goal of providing the most innovative and fascinating market place for collectors of the rare and the beautiful, wherever they are in Australia.
Managing Director / National Head of Collections