About us

The auction platform for artists, arts organisations and charities.

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The Auction Collective is an auction services platform that helps people and organisations run competitive auctions. 

The platform was founded in 2017 by former Christie's auctioneer Tom Best (read the full story) and provides clients with bespoke support services depending on their needs.

Support ranges from providing expertise and advice to managing the entire auction process. 


Auction Planning

  • Artwork gathering from our network of 900+ artists
  • Marketing and promotion support
  • Sale strategy advice
  • Provision of professional Auctioneers

Auction Hosting

  • In-person auctions
  • Live-stream auctions
  • Timed auctions
  • Print auctions
  • 'Buy now' exhibitions. 

Auction Logistics

  • Bidder KYC, AML and due diligence checks 
  • Payment processing
  • Monthly payments
  • Shipping

The Team

Tom Best

Auctioneer & Director

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Founder of The Auction Collective, Tom is a former Christie's auctioneer and Contemporary Art Specialist. Tom spent six years at Christie's London as an auctioneer, and two years in humanitarian aid before combing these twin passions for art and social good in The Auction Collective.

Tom has raised over £15 million in over 250 international charity auctions in 12 countries.

Francesca Wilson


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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 Deutsche 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.

Nick Yau

Client Advisor & Auctioneer

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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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