One of the more high-profile partnerships in the art game is calling it quits.
In an email to friends and colleagues that was shared with ARTnews, Simon and Michaela de Pury write, “After a long person and professional relationship, we have separated our business interests and sadly decided to continue our lives separately.”
In 2013, the de Purys founded de Pury & de Pury, a business focused on advisory services, curatorial projects, and private sales. Both were by then auction-house veterans, having working alongside one another at Phillips de Pury & Company, which is now, simply, Phillips. A friend close to the former couple said that, once de Pury & de Pury’s current projects are complete, the business will end.
When the two married about nine years ago, their wedding for 600 featured a piece by Jennifer Rubell that involved dinner tables that “were actually 68 beds, dressed with white linen and fluffed-up pillows, and heaped with food—from crayfish and pasta to whole hams,” as Georgina Adam reported in the Financial Times. (Thank you to Art Market Monitor for pointing us to that reporting.)
“This has been a difficult time for us both personally,” the letter reads later on, “and we would kindly ask that our privacy with regards to our personal lives is respected at this time.”