Fine wine auction pioneer David Elswood dies
Tributes have been paid to David Elswood, the popular ex-head of fine wine at Christie's, who has died.
David Elswood, presiding over a Christie's auction in Hong Kong in 2011. Credit: Laurent Fievet/AFP/Getty
Auction house Christie’s said, ‘It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of our longstanding and much admired colleague David Elswood.’
His career at Christie’s, spanning nearly 35 years, ran alongside a period of significant expansion for the global fine wine market.
Elswood was a major contributor to this growth and Christie’s described him as ‘pivotal in developing the international profile of Christie’s Wine Department over the last three decades’.
Ex-colleagues and those in the wider wine trade and media will also remember a man who was unfailingly generous with his time.
Christie’s said, ‘He was a superb auctioneer, a caring colleague, inspiring leader, a great friend and a beloved member of the fine wine and auction community. He will be missed enormously by those who knew him and worked with him.’
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