Alexander Gilkes

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Alexander Gilkes (born 16 July 1979) is a British businessman who is the co-founder and president of Paddle8, an online auction house specializing in fine art and collectibles, described by FT as "reimagined art collecting for the digital age."[1][2][3][4][5]

Raised in London and educated at Eton College and at the University of Bristol, Gilkes has been based in New York since 2008.[6] Prior to founding Paddle8 in 2011, Gilkes served as an auctioneer at Phillips de Pury & Company and an executive at LVMH.[7][8]

Gilkes has served as auctioneer for many high-profile auctions including Madonna’s Raising Malawi,[9] Elton John AIDS Foundation[10] and amFAR.[11]

Gilkes has been named as one of Fast Company's Most Creative Entrepreneurs in 2017,[12] the 100 Most Powerful People in the Art World (Art + Auction) in 2014, 2015 and 2016, a Digital Maverick (DETAILS), one of the 40 Most Important People Under 40 (Apollo), and was featured on Vanity Fair and GQ's best-dressed lists.[13] He serves on the board of the New York Academy of Art.[14]


  1. ^ "The Aesthete: Alexander Gilkes talks personal taste". 5 December 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ Kolodny, Lora (6 June 2013). "Paddle8 Raises $6M to Do for Fine Art What StubHub Does for Concert Tickets - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ". Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  3. ^ "With Big-Name Backing And Some eBay Flavor, These Startups Are Looking To Shake Up The Art Market". TechCrunch. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  4. ^ Meet Paddle8’s Alexander Gilkes, Art Auction Disruptor | Observer
  5. ^ Alexander Gilkes | Official Profile on The Marque
  6. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (29 October 2014). "Meet Alexander Gilkes, Co-Founder of Paddle8, an Online Auction House". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  7. ^ Solway, Diane. "New Kid on the Block". W Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  8. ^ Chou, Kimberly (14 December 2012). "Art Site Takes Charitable Turn". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Madonna and Bulgari—Along With Ariana Grande, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dave Chappelle—Party in Miami for Raising Malawi". Vogue. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  10. ^ Reginato, James. "The Elton John AIDS Foundation Pulled Out All the Stops at Its Fall Gala". Vanities. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  11. ^ Lee, Denny (8 February 2018). "amfAR Kicks Off New York Fashion Week". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Alexander Gilkes, Most Creative People | Fast Company". Fast Company. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Alexander Gilkes: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Downtown Art School that Warhol Started Raises its Celebrity Profile". The New York Times. 26 April 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 March 2018.