The Auction Collective was established by former Christie's auctioneer and Contemporary Art Specialist Tom Best. Tom spent six years at Christie’s London as an auctioneer, and two years in international development before combining these twin passions for art and social good in The Auction Collective.

The Auction Collective was created to provide a fresh approach to the art and auction market. Tom's idea was to take the best of Britain's auction tradition and bring it up to date by making it more streamlined, more transparent, more affordable and more accessible. In doing so he was able to open up the auction model and its advantages to a new community of artists and art lovers.

The auction platform for artists, arts organisations and charities.

The Auction Collective provides support in:  

  • Auction planning expertise
  • Artwork gathering
  • Provision of auctioneers
  • Promotion & Marketing
  • Anti-money laundering and due diligence checks
  • Timed Auctions, Live Auctions, Live Streamed Auctions, Print Auctions and Buy Now Exhibitions
  • Monthly payment options
  • Collection and distribution of payments
  • Post-auction shipping logistics

The Beginning

The idea for The Auction Collective began in 2017. For the first auctions, all we had were an Instagram account, a gavel and a credit-card reader. Every auction, a group of artists, art lovers and their family and friends, would gather in a room in Shoreditch to see a one-day exhibition and bid for artwork. 

The Auction Collective has come a long way since then. We've developed the world's first downloadable bidding paddles. We use the latest FinTech to get art to buyers and sale proceeds to artists as soon as possible. We have created a suite of innovative and interactive auction formats. We offer monthly payment options for buyers. And our little group of art-loving friends has grown to an international network of collectors.  

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Press & Partnerships
Tom Best, Auctioneer & Director
+44 (0)7918 880 581
[email protected]

Artists & Artwork 
Francesca Wilson, Curator
[email protected]

Curator at The Auction Collective, Francesca works with emerging and underrepresented artists to show and sell artwork through the platform. Having worked in the arts for 10 years, she is keen to present high quality work in an accessible space.

At the Saatchi Gallery, where she was Head of Education, she oversaw the Deutshe Bank Art Prize for Schools which received over 10,000 entries every year. From the New Art Centre, Roche Court, she worked with museums and galleries across the country on a national outreach programme, The ARTiculation Prize. Currently Francesca is a Chair of Positive View Foundation, a charity which uses the tool of photography to improve opportunities for young people living in challenging conditions.

Bidding & Buying 
Nick Yau, Art Advisor
[email protected]

A graduate of Christie’s Education and with experience across the art industry including Lisson Gallery, M&L Fine Art and the Masterpiece Art Fair, Nick advises clients all the way through their art buying experience.

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