Born in 1957 and educated in England, Humphrey Butler joined Christie’s in 1976 and during a twenty-two year career he held senior positions in Geneva, London, New York and Paris accumulating unrivalled experience in all aspects of the auction business, though always associated with the jewellery department. Having left the firm in 1998, he enjoyed a brief stint with Sotheby’s before breaking away to set up his own business in 2000 in association with Dickinson, the Jermyn Street gallery. The firm became fully independent in September 2008.
Liesbeth got the jewellery bug organising the very first jewellery sale held by Christie’s in Paris in December 2001. She subsequently transferred to Christie’s London jewellery department where she also studied gemmology and became Fellow of the Gemmological Association in 2007, while organising the twice yearly auction sales in her role as senior administrator. Liesbeth joined Humphrey Butler Ltd in June 2008, where she became Lily for ease of email address, and since then has played a pivotal role in the day-to-day running of the business as Humphrey’s PA. A queen of all things logistic, Lily covers every aspect of our administration including billing, correspondence, shipping, stock control and the monthly accounts.