Christie's Middle East bolsters watches team after auction records

Bob Xue joins Christie's from Vacheron Constantin just weeks after Dubai auction fetches record prices for Patek Philippe and Rolex watches

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 6, 2018

Christie’s Middle East has announced an expansion to its team of specialists with two new appointments in Dubai as the auction house cements its position in the Gulf region.

The appointments of Suzy Sikorski and Bob Xue aims to further strengthen Christie’s position in the region by expanding and developing key relationships with private collectors and buyers from around the region, it said in a statement.

Xue joins Christie’s from Vacheron Constantin and has been tasked to develop the watches category.

His appointment comes just weeks after a Patek Philippe watch made for King Farouk of Egypt in 1944 and a Rolex GMT-Master made for Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum sold to an unidentified buyer at a Christie's auction in Dubai.

The 18-carat gold Patek Philippe sold for $912,500 while the Rolex GMT-Master fetched $162,500.

Sikorski joins the art team after having just completed a Fulbright Scholarship in art history in the Arabian Gulf region and will work hand-in-hand with Hala Khayat, Christie’s Senior specialist and head of sale.

Michael Jeha, managing director Christie’s Middle East, said: “Thanks to a measured expansion strategy, we are delighted to welcome two new appointments to our team in Dubai, building on our deep knowledge of the region and passion for the arts and watches.

'These two new colleagues will strengthen Christie’s regional support to our clients and collectors, enrich our curating capabilities and further, underline our commitment to the region as well as our long term vision for Christie’s in the Middle East.'