About Paddle8Overview

Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. We give a global community of passionate collectors unprecedented access to online auctions of high-caliber inventory.

We've streamlined the collecting and selling experience, combining the excitement and expertise of an auction house with intuitive technology. In other words, we've made collecting swift and satisfying, connecting you to the most covetable objects in an elegant format that's as enticing as the works themselves.

Our Auctions

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 trusted specialists.

We partner with celebrated cultural institutions and international tastemakers on special auctions to help collectors access the extraordinary, discover new passions, and fulfill their philanthropic pursuits.

In addition, we work with individual collectors to consign their works to sell at auction or via private sales to our global network of connoisseurs.

Our Team

As with many excellent ideas, the concept of Paddle8 started with a philosophical conversation over a round of libations. Recognizing the increasing thirst for access to contemporary art, co-founders Alexander Gilkes and Aditya Julka joined forces with the goal of bringing 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, culture savants who expect 24/7 access to their passions.

Gilkes (LVMH veteran and Chief Auctioneer at Phillips), Julka (a serial entrepreneur and Harvard Business School MBA), Osman Khan (a Perella Weinberg investment banker and Harvard Business School MBA), and Hikari Yokoyama (a curator and Deitch Projects alumna) comprised the founding team, which launched Paddle8 in 2011.

Today, Paddle8 is a team of 100 art and technology experts, servicing an audience of discerning collectors from over 120 countries, from offices in New York, London and Los Angeles.

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.