MacDougall’s is a privately owned international auction house based in London. It was founded in 2004 and is one of the newest and fastest-growing auction houses in the UK. Its goal is to bring buyers and sellers alike the opportunity to buy and sell fine art, antiques, vintage clothing, and other collectibles at a fair price. The company has offices throughout the world and holds regular auctions throughout the year.
MacDougall’s started out as a small family business and has grown into an international auction house. Its ethos has changed slightly since its inception. The firm now has offices in New York, Paris, and London. James Butterwick, a London-based Russian and Ukrainian art dealer, has characterized the MacDougall family as less conventional than the typical London auction house. William MacDougall was described as quiet and reserved, but his wife, Catherine, has described him as a “very happy person” who does not fear death.
The auction house has become renowned for its specialization in Russian art. Founded in 2004, it is one of the top auction houses in the world in this niche. Sales include works by Russian masters from the 19th century to the 21st century, as well as works on paper, icons, and art. In recent years, sales have exceeded PS20 million annually and have set a number of world records.
William MacDougall, a graduate of Oxford University, started collecting Russian art in 1984. His collection now includes more than a hundred works. MacDougall’s has a reputation for beating Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Amid the chaos and uncertainty of the art market, his efforts were rewarded with extraordinary results.