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Specialist Duo Leave Auction House to Launch Firm

On the heels of one of Christie’s most successful auction seasons to date, Nicholas Maclean, international director of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department, and Christopher Eykyn, head of Impressionist and modern art in New York, have resigned.

NEW YORK—On the heels of one of Christie’s most successful auction seasons to date, Nicholas Maclean, international director of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department, and Christopher Eykyn, head of Impressionist and modern art in New York, have resigned.

The two specialists plan to launch an art dealership and advisory firm, to be called Eykyn Maclean, that will focus on Impressionist, modern and postwar art. “We’ll be focusing on a combination of advising clients and carrying out private sales,” Maclean told ARTnewsletter, adding that the new offices likely will be based on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The partners have more than 27 years’ combined experience at Christie’s. “We just felt that we wanted to have a change of scenery,” says Maclean. “After putting sales together for so many years, we wanted to focus more on the private market.” Eykyn has been with Christie’s Impressionist and modern department since 1993, becoming cohead with Maclean from 2001, and assuming sole responsibility from 2003; Maclean joined in 1990 as a specialist in 19th-century paintings, and moved to the Impressionist and modern department in 1997, becoming international director in 2003.

Christie’s has named a replacement for Eykyn: Guy Bennet, formerly in charge of Impressionist and modern-art evening sales. The auction house says that Bennet, who joined the staff in 1997 as a specialist in 20th-century art, will be responsible for managing the New York department and promoting New York sales; he also will expand his business-getting role.

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