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Roger McIlroy has been an art auctioneer for over forty years. From his early beginnings at James R. Lawson in Sydney he then went on to spend the next twenty-eight years at Christie’s in London, Europe, America, and Asia. More recently he has been an auctioneer for Deutscher and Hackett in Australia. He also takes auctions for Japanese auctioneers Tokyo Chuo, as well as Korean auctioneers K-Auction.
During his tenure at Christie’s he was the auctioneer for some remarkable sales. In London in 1987 he was the secondary auctioneer for the sale of Van Gogh’s record breaking Sunflowers that made £24.7mil. In Europe he was an auctioneer for the extraordinary sale of The Nanking Cargo, the ceramics and gold that was on board an 18th century Chinese shipwreck. In Australia he was the auctioneer for some of Australia’s most illustrious auctions: The Harold E. Mertz Collection of Australian Art; The Alan Bond/Dallhold Collection of Australian Pictures; and the record breaking Brett Whiteley Jacaranda Tree (on Sydney Harbour). In Asia, he took all the sales of paintings in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Indonesia including the Important Evening Sale auctions of Contemporary Art.
While at Christie’s in Asia Roger McIlroy was responsible for all auctioneer training. Since this, he has subsequently trained auctioneers on an individual or a company basis. He will consider taking auctions on a consultancy basis where there is no conflict of interest. He also offers auctioneer training courses on an individual or company appointed basis and can carry these out internationally by arrangement.
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