“Congratulations,” said one of Mr. Gilkes’s friends, bounding over. Ultimately I’ve ended up in this balance—the commercial with the creative.”. Since then, they have teamed up with celebs and design-inclined tastemakers, including Ellen Degeneres, Bob Colacello, Andy Spade, and Vogue’s Grace Coddington, to present curated art collections to young clients. Mr. Gilkes went over to pay his respects, which lasted all of about four seconds. Then they came back in and had some prosecco with the other Paddle8 founder, Aditya Julka, who reminisced about what Mr. Gilkes was like a few years ago, when he was still relatively new in the city and actually turned to a small child in the subway to ask for advice on how to use a MetroCard. The 32-year-old began her essay by posing some questions: "How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known? David Bowie’s “Saucer 1” (1996) print auctioned by Jean Pigozzi. Two years ago, the auction for the writer Bob Colacello was divided into sections: sex (a needlepoint pillow by Bridget Berlin inscribed "It's raining men"), parties (a New Year's Eve card designed by Robert Mapplethorpe, very au courant) and Warholia (a copy of Candy Darling's My Face for the World to See.). “We launched the platform with benefit auctions,” Mr. Gilkes said. Instead of dusty, million-dollar investment purchases intended for one’s estate, the purchases made on Paddle8 skew more toward fun, viscerally appealing items from brand-name artists—exactly what Mr. Julka was looking for. "He was very cautious at first, he didn’t want to sell too much and didn’t really need to other than just wanting to clear some space. Instead, Wyatt chose to sell 20 of her finest couture dresses – made for her personally by friends like Emanuel Ungaro and Saint Laurent – on the auction site Paddle8. Emerging fashion darling Nonoo, a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, has dressed the likes of Middleton, Cate Blanchett and Eve Hewson, who’s the daughter of U2 frontman Bono. Earlier, he was married to Misha Nonoo in 2012, but the couple later divorced amicably in 2016. . “In the early days, we had to go out and get these people interested,” he said. Wintour is here. “I thought he was gay,” she said. So, who is the guy who's won over the former Wimbledon champ's heart? “I have heard great things about you from my friends like Glenn O’Brien and I am moving upstate. 30,314, This story has been shared 20,873 times. "Jean Pigozzi came in to see us and said I have rooms and rooms of stuff, why don’t you come and have a look?" The two were married in a lavish ceremony in Venice in 2012 attended by 300 guests with last names like Rockefeller and Mellon. Wyatt was not alone. A work by Jean-Michel Basquiat auctioned by Andy Spade. Credit... An Rong Xu for The New York Times “But I have a dinner meeting.”. Colacello had a lot of artifacts that might have been of interest to the remaining Warholites left out there - want an old bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild designed by the artist? Your Ad Choices I spent two years learning about the business in a true baptism by fire.”, Paddle8 co-founders, Aditya Julka, Osman Khan, Alexander Gilkes Photo: Observer Chris Sorensen for Observer. Enter, o Mr. Gilkes, there was no better place than New York to begin breaking the worn out mold of art sales. Over the years, "the Texan" bought many more Chanel gowns. Perhaps more noteworthy: His company (which employs Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, as the project manager) has done more than $20 million in sales this year. It’s where we are at in the world now,” the octogenarian said. Given his pedigree and job history, Mr. Gilkes—pronounced “Jilkez”—is a study in opulence, but also discretion. Along with a photo of Sharapova on a tennis court, he wrote, "To the kindest and most professional person I know, here is to you Maria, and all that awaits you in your next chapter! ‘Had Aditya, Osman and I tried to get this off the starting blocks in London, I know it would have been met with resistance. Lynn Wyatt at The Menil Collection in Houston. It is one thing to be friendly with someone because they are very handsome and well dressed and talk a good game, but they have to deliver.”. Paddle8 founder Alexander Gilkes has welcomed everyone into the art auction world. Convincing wealthy patrons to give them a shot served several purposes, not least of which was a measure of much needed credibility. Sporting a cozy cardigan and a cheerful disposition while brandishing a notebook, pen and the prerequisite iPhone, he remained astute throughout our hour-long conversation. For instance, during our chat, he let it gently slip that he had a meeting the day before with the House of Chanel, at the place in the ether where fashion meets art, no doubt. Last month, she decided to do some much needed spring cleaning and put up some of her most beloved possessions up for auction. New York power couple Alexander Gilkes and Misha Nonoo have split after 13 years together, Page Six has exclusively learned. Alexander Gilkes was undoubtedly prepared for the Observer. Thatcher, sitting at his feet, started to experience a bout of hiccups. I just thought, 'Well, why not? “In Europe, there is a lower instance of startups because there’s a permanent fear of failure,” he said. He was so delighted with how the sale did, he wants to discuss doing another one!". “It offers enablement, where ideas can rapidly come to fruition. If in the past, high society opted for a high-profile auction houses to sell their baubles after a tabloid divorce – see Ellen Barkin – or a death – see Brooke Astor, Jacqueline Onassis, Bunny Mellon - Paddle8 offers its own perks: the auctions are quick (they generally last two weeks), high value, tightly edited, and private (the buyer’s name is never disclosed) – a far cry from the methods of the old world auction houses. At Eton [school] I started to develop an interest in the creation of art,” he said. Apart from the fact that many tech talents and venture capitalists reside in New York, he saw it as a place where budding concepts are swiftly realized. "Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of," she wrote. “You alright, girl?” he asked, peeking under the table. Wyatt joined the site's alchemy of collectors through the curator Hikari Yokoyama, one of the site's founding members. And tonight, you’re evading capture.”, “Am I?” she said. Mr. Khan’s responsibilities focus on day-to-day operations, while Mr. Julka oversees strategy, looking mostly at potential M&A opportunities. How do you walk away from the courts you've trained on since you were a little girl, the game that you love—one which brought you untold tears and unspeakable joys—a sport where you found a family, along with fans who rallied behind you for more than 28 years? Together, these different types of sales have formed a unified attack on the outdated world of art auctions.