Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector.
We give the global collecting community unprecedented access
to online auctions of high-caliber inventory.
We believe that collecting should be an exercise in passion, not patience. We’ve streamlined the buying and selling experience, combining the excitement and expertise of an auction house with intuitive technology. With Paddle8, you’re connected to the most covetable objects, sourced from a worldwide network and evaluated by connoisseurs, in an elegant format that’s as enticing as the works themselves.
Our auctions showcase a dynamic range of collectible works — from museum-quality contemporary art and design to fine jewelry and design objects with cult followings — all vetted by experienced specialists.
We invite individual collectors to consign their works to sell at auction or via private sales to our global network of buyers. Because we value your comfort and discretion, we never disclose results or publish sales in price databases.
In addition, we partner with celebrated cultural institutions and international tastemakers on special auctions to help collectors access the extraordinary, discover new passions, and make a difference through philanthropy.
As with many excellent ideas, the concept of Paddle8 was born during a philosophical conversation over drinks. Recognizing the increasing thirst for access to contemporary art but dissatisfied with existing options, co-founders Alexander Gilkes, Aditya Julka, and Osman Khan joined forces to bring the storied auction house tradition into the digital age for what they identified as the growing global audience of 21st-century collectors: a discriminating group with eclectic tastes, cultural savants who expect 24/7 access to their passions.
Paddle8 launched in 2011 with a founding team comprised of Gilkes (an LVMH veteran and chief auctioneer at Phillips), Julka (a serial entrepreneur and Harvard MBA), Osman Khan (a Perella Weinberg investment banker and Harvard MBA), Andrea Hill, and Hikari Yokoyama (a curator and Deitch Projects alumna).
Today, Paddle8 is a team of over 120 art, collectibles, and technology experts, servicing an audience of discerning collectors from over 90 countries from offices in New York, London, and Los Angeles.
A veteran of the auction and luxury worlds, Alexander was educated at Eton and was formerly chief auctioneer and worldwide director of marketing at Phillips de Pury auction house. Prior to that, he was one of the youngest executives in the history of Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. As the leading auctioneer of his generation, he has generated over one billion dollars of bids for organizations from amfAR to LACMA, and hammered such distinctive works as the $53-million Rothko painting.
A serial entrepreneur with a history of successful startups, Aditya brings deep business and tech experience to the art world, culled from the two successful biotech companies he co-founded, one of which was backed by Accel Ventures and sold to a publicly-listed company. Armed with an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Today Julka serves on the board of Performa, New York's art biennial, and the advisory board of Khoj, an organization dedicated to performance art in South Asia.
Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Jordan, Osman has extensive experience in scaling companies and sustainable growth. He attended Northwestern and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Perella Weinberg, where he focused on M&A and private capital raising. A board member of ArteEast and an angel investor, Osman is also Paddle8’s resident gourmet, equipped with a Diplôme de Cuisine from the Cordon Bleu in London.
Paddle8 is funded by a consortium of investors who themselves represent the intersection of the art world with fashion, media, and luxury. They include VC firm Founder Collective, which previously backed Uber, Buzzfeed, Vimeo, and Makerbot; Mousse Partners, the private investment firm affiliated with a leading luxury goods company, with recent investments represented by Paperless Post, Warby Parker, and Bonobos; Skate Capital, an asset management firm focused on media, e-commerce, and the arts; angel investor Scott Belsky, the founder of Behance; Eric Fellner, the co-chairman of Working Title Films; and Winklevoss Capital, experienced investors in e-commerce and media.
Individual investors from within the art world include gallerist David Zwirner, artist Damien Hirst, Alexander von Furstenberg, Stavros Niarchos, Rolf Sachs, members of the Mellon family, White Cube gallerist Jay Jopling, and curator Hikari Yokoyama.