Phillips auction house partner resigns

Daniella Luxembourg, president of the international auction house Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, announced her resignation Monday to focus on two new ventures, The Associated Press reports.

Luxembourg, who has co-owned the company with Simon de Pury for seven years, is setting up a new company for dealing private art called Luxembourg Art and is developing an art fund named ArtVest.

Luxembourg reportedly said in a statement that her time and energy were spent on “structural business matters” and less and less on the art itself.

She will set up her new art dealing firm in New York, London, and Geneva, Switzerland, the AP reports. The ArtVest fund will buy and sell works of art from various disciplines.

Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg has headquarters in New York’s Chelsea district and offices throughout Europe. It specializes in the sale of contemporary and American art, jewelry and photographs. Its new name will be Phillips, de Pury & Co.; no replacement for Luxembourg was announced.