Gaurav Bhatia Sothebys

Gaurav Bhatia (Ex MD at Sotheby’s India)

A Mumbai-based art connoisseur and luxury expert, Gaurav Bhatia started his education at Cathedral and John Connon School at Mumbai. He then moved to the US and continued his studies at Middlebury College, Vermont. After passing out as a Bachelor of Arts, Gaurav Bhatia spent a decade in New York. He began his career as an adman at Young and Rubicam Advertising.

After achieving success in advertising, Gaurav Bhatia moved back to India to become Marketing Director of LVMH Moet Hennessy and subsequently Managing Director of Sotheby’s India. At Moet Hennessy he introduced the company’s fine wine and spirits portfolio to South Asia and “shared the magic of Champagne.” As Managing Director Sotheby’s India, he lead the company for its first auction in India in November 2018. Bhatia headed the entire South Asian operation of Sotheby’s, the oldest auction house in the world. Bhatia has been responsible for opening up new markets, creating new categories, working on business development, and expanding customer base across South Asia and the United States.

An opinion leader in the industry, Gaurav Bhatia has contributed across media from The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, CNN, Mint, Economic Times, Times of India, The Hindu, Forbes to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Architectural Digest.  Taking strides in the luxury world, he has also been on India’s list of cultural evangelists and has been the city’s best ambassador, as per Time Out Mumbai. He has been able to create new milestones, setting new benchmarks to win the award for ‘Best Innovation in Customer Relationship’ in two consecutive years (2010, 2011) for being able to initiate a corporate selling & wedding program.

A passionate art collector, the 44-year-old has also been commemorated with multiple industry awards and accolades.

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