Hugh Edmeades will be conducting the Indian Premier League auction for the second successive year. The Briton basically is an international fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer with more than 2,500 auctions to his credit in a spanning over 35 years. Edmeades has put the gavel to over 310,000 lots for a sum in excess of £2.7 billion.
Hugh has sold a wide range of items including Old Master, Impressionist & Contemporary paintings, fine furniture, Chinese ceramics & works of art, and film & sporting memorabilia. In 2004, Hugh conducted the auction of 88 guitars belonging to Eric Clapton raising a total of $7,438,624. Other interesting and unusual highlights have included Audrey Hepburn’s ‘little black dress’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s which sold in December 2006 for £467,000 and Daniel Craig’s Aston Martin DB10 from James Bond’s Spectre for £2,434,500 in February 2016.
Alongside his fine art selling, Hugh is a much sought-after auctioneer for national and international charity fundraisers and has conducted over 850 sales helping to raise over £97 million for numerous charitable causes. His charity work has taken him around the world to over 30 cities including Dubai, Hong Kong, Casablanca, New York, Mumbai, Monte Carlo, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.
In December 2018, Hugh was appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the auctioneer for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), only the second person to have been given the honour and privilege of conducting this prestigious auction.
IPL Auction 2020 will be Hugh’s second year as the auctioneer for this mega event.