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About Richard Madley

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Richard Madley is a second generation auctioneer who hails from Wales. A former junior international hockey player and Surrey league cricketer Richard joined the well regarded auction house of Phillips Son and Neale in New Bond Street in 1978. Starting as a saleroom porter he worked his way through the ranks until he was appointed to the main board of directors by the age of 30 before moving to the USA to run the New York office. As head of appraisals for North America Richard flew the length and breadth of the continent in search of the finest artwork – conducting auctions of Impressionist Art, Old Master drawings, fine jewellery and 18th century furniture.

Following a distinguished 20 year spell at Phillips Richard was invited to join Christie’s as President of Christie’s East, New York – the liveliest auction house in North America –conducting up to three auctions a week, staffed by nearly 100 personnel and turning over more than £1 million a week!

Having made regular TV and radio appearances on BBC and ITV Richard was one of the pioneers who helped “Antiques Roadshow” become such a success in the USA. A frequent appraiser on the programme Richard commented on such wide ranging subjects as an 18th century Welsh dresser in Sacramento, Bilston ware patch boxes in Chicago and fake walking sticks in New England!

Richard describes himself (off the cricket field!) as an all-rounder in the auction world where specialists are more and more prevalent. A 30 year love affair with furniture combined with a fascination for oriental carpets goes side by side with a passion for 20th century British art. He and his wife collect Poole Pottery and vesta cases and his middle son – Harry – is building up a regiment of Britain’s lead soldiers.

It is in the world of sport however that Richard’s reputation has grown to the extent that he is now considered to be one of the world’s leading sporting auctioneers. His involvement with such seminal sales as the collections of Tony Baer, Anthony Pilkington, Hal Cohen and the much loved Brian (“Jonners”) Johnston introduced him to the world of sporting heroes and passionate collectors. Not prepared to rest on his laurels he was the first auctioneer to introduce auctions of rugby memorabilia – holding them in the shadows of the Cardiff Arms Park! He is still today the chosen auctioneer for the Welsh Rugby Players Association.

His time in New York saw him conducting auctions of baseball memorabilia – as well as raising several thousand dollars for worthy sporting charities – where he appeared alongside Gary Player, Derek Jeter (New York Yankees) and Keith Hernandez (New York Mets). He was the last auctioneer ever to conduct an auction at the Windows of the World – at the top of the ill fated Twin Towers and was due to conduct an auction in New York on 9 September 2001.

An invitation to conduct the inaugural player auction of the Indian Premier League resulted in the most extraordinary day in this auctioneer’s life. Well versed in selling Impressionist paintings and Chinese works of art for millions of pounds he was now confronted with how much to ask for Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle and Mohendra Singh Dhoni! The rest (as they say!) is cricket folklore.

If you would like Richard to share some of his experiences with you he is available to speak after dinner, lunch or afternoon tea! His talks can focus on antiques – “Have gavel will travel” – or on the sporting side “How much am I bid?”. Feel free to contact Richard to discuss terms.