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Matthew Knight and Vivian Brodie join Paddle8 specialist team

With expanded specialist team, Paddle8 will dramatically increase number of auctions, from 26 in 2013 to 75 in 2014.

Insider, a sale of contemporary art, is open for bidding through February 25.

February 18, 2014—Online auction house Paddle8 is pleased to announce the appointment of two new specialists, bringing Paddle8’s worldwide network of art and design specialists to ten. Matthew Knight, most recently a Senior Fine Art Expert at AXA Art Insurance Corporation, joins as Specialist. Vivian Brodie, most recently of Fab.com and a co-founder of Y&S, a New York non-profit supporting artists without gallery representation, joins as Junior Specialist.

"These new additions affirm the success of Paddle8’s in-house auctions and the demand for specialists to source inventory for our growing range of sales,” says Thomas Galbraith, Paddle8’s Managing Director of Auctions. “Matthew has an exemplary track record building and managing both emerging and established collections, and Vivian brings a wide network of relationships on the cutting edge of the international art scene. We’re delighted to have them on board."

Insider, the first auction featuring Knight and Brodie’s contributions, launched last week. In addition to works by coveted contemporary artists like Dan Colen, Oscar Murillo, and Wade Guyton, the sale includes works consigned directly from artists who are currently without gallery representation, representing a new model for artists to bring their work into the marketplace. Browse and bid through February 25 at paddle8.com/auction/insider2.

In 2013, Paddle8 presented 26 in-house auctions, expanding beyond contemporary art to present sales of design and furniture. In 2014, Paddle8 plans to present 75 auctions and to expand into additional collecting categories. Paddle8’s online auction model removes many of the pain points of the traditional auction process through remote consignments, fees that are dramatically lower than brick-and-mortar alternatives (6% for buyers, 15% for sellers), accelerated timelines, automated post-sale services, and a network of specialists with decades of combined experience at leading auction houses and galleries. In addition to Paddle8’s auctions, the site also partners with non-profits to present their benefit auctions online to a global collecting network, and has partnered on over 200 benefit auctions to date. from anywhere in the world.

Matthew Knight studied art history at Kingston University-London and U.M.K.C. and completed his graduate studies in Modern/Contemporary and The History of the Art Market at Christie’s Education-New York. He was formerly a Senior Fine Art Expert at AXA Art Insurance Corporation and has completed several independent curatorial projects. He is a founding member of The Young Printshop Patrons for The Lower Eastside Print Shop and has participated in panels on the international art market in New York and Hong Kong.

Vivian Brodie is the co-founder of Y&S (youngandstarving.com), a New York based non-profit that supports emerging artists without gallery representation. Y&S has held exhibitions at Christie's, Dickinson Roundell, TEMP Gallery and Garis & Hahn. Prior to Paddle8, she held positions at Fab.com, David Tunick Inc., and Christie's. Vivian is most interested in working with emerging artists and supporting their practice. Born in Manhasset, New York, Vivian grew up between Aiken, South Carolina, Long Island, and Paris.

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is a marketplace for collectors, presenting online auctions of extraordinary art and design. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: Paddle8’s curated auctions of art and collectibles under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. The company was founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur. Paddle8 is funded by VC firm Founder Collective (past investments include Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed), the investment group Mousse Partners (past investments include Paperless Post, Warby Parker, Bonobos), artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling; Alexander von Furstenberg, and Matthew Mellon, among others.

For more information, please contact Sarah Goulet, press@paddle8.com

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