As Head of Department, Alexander Montague-Sparey is responsible for sourcing, curating and selling all London Photographs auctions at the leading auction house in the field – Christie’s. Since his tenure at Christie’s, Mr. Montague-Sparey has been responsible for sales including the 100% sold collection of the late Norman Hall in May 2010 as well as the single owner collection of Jeanloup Sieff, where the world auction record was achieved for the artist with Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1971. Mr. Montague-Sparey also set the world record for Peter Beard with his largest work ever sold at auction. He is also noted for creating new auction markets for contemporary photographs, namely with Michael Wolf, Guido Mocafico and Trine Sondergaard to great acclaim.
Prior to Christie’s, Mr. Montague-Sparey worked at Phillips de Pury and Company, overseeing an international selling exhibitions programme of contemporary art, design and photographs, working with photographers such as Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and the Guy Bourdin estate, curating the latter’s first retrospective commercial show, Unseen. He also writes for international publications on contemporary art and photography, fashion and interior design. Alexander earned his MA in History of Art from the University of Oxford and is a guest lecturer at the Courtauld Institute, University of London.