SARAH HORNSBY

  • Former Director and Antiquities Department Head at Christie’s London
  • Over 30 years’ experience in the commercial antiquities market
  • Achieved world record prices for a Roman statue of Venus and an Assyrian relief
  • Independent expert advisor to the UK’s Arts Council

For 21 years (1988-2009), Sarah was a specialist in the Antiquities Department at Christie’s in London where she was a Director and Head of Department. At Christie’s Sarah organised private sales and numerous high profile antiquities’ auctions, including The Desmond Morris Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, The Axel Guttmann collection of Ancient Arms and Armour and The Leo Mildenberg Collection of Ancient Animals. In 2002 she achieved the then world record breaking price of £7.9 million for the 1st-2nd century AD Jenkins Roman marble Venus from an English stately home. Another highlight was the world record price in 1994 of £7.7 million for the 9th century BC Canford School Assyrian relief. She also oversaw the 2001 sale of a £1.1 million 3rd century BC Celtic gold warrior brooch to the British Museum, a world record price for ancient jewellery.

Sarah serves as an independent assessor for the UK Arts Council reviewing committee on the export of art and objects of cultural interest. She also provides valuations for tax purposes to the Arts Council involving collections in stately homes.

Sarah has a strong academic background with a First Class Honours BA degree in Classics from King’s College, University of London (1981-1984), and she carried out postgraduate research at the British School of Archaeology in Athens and Newnham College, University of Cambridge (1985-1988).



JUDITH NUGEE

  • Former Associate Director and Antiquities Dept Head at Christie’s London
  • Over 30 years’ experience in the commercial antiquities market
  • Independent expert advisor to the British Museum’s Treasure Valuations Committee
  • Trustee of the British Museum Friends for 10 years

For 24 years (1985-2009), Judith was a specialist in the Antiquities Department at Christie’s in London where she was an Associate Director, Head of Department and, latterly, senior consultant.

Judith is an independent specialist for the British Museum’s Treasure Valuations Committee, providing Treasure Valuations for the Committee, for the UK government, as well as for Scotland and Ireland. She has been involved in the research, cataloguing and valuation of major historic and cultural finds including the acclaimed Staffordshire Hoard and Galloway Hoard.

Judith has lectured widely on Antiquities, the marketplace and the history of collecting on postgraduate programmes at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as well as taking specialist educational tours in Museums. She has served on ancient art fair vetting committees and was a Trustee of the British Museum Friends for 10 years. While working at Christie’s, Judith organised high profile antiquities’ auctions, including Classical Sculpture from Marbury Hall and The Erlenmeyer collections of Ancient Near Eastern cuneiform texts, stamp seals and Cretan seals.

Judith is Anglo-French and has an MA from the University of Oxford, where she read Literae Humaniores (Classics), including the study of Greek vases at the Beazley Archive (1980-1985).