The Hero’s Journey of Dirk Boll

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Amazing art, interesting collectors, great colleagues – and you never know what is behind the next corner

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Walking a northern beach with Jack Russell Oscar (pictured)

What is my greatest fear? There aren’t many, and they are the usual – loss of beloved ones, illnesses, no chocolate in the fridge.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My punctuality is more southern European than German or Swiss.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Maybe Wolfgang Ullrich, a clear sighted and very bright writer on the arts and the art market.

What is my greatest extravagance? Maybe the idea that life might be to too short for young champagne?

On what occasion would I lie? Christie’s being congratulated on a great sale that actually the competition had. My answer will always be “thank you”.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Politics (I am German)

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Winning important business, every single time.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I had full hair and a smaller nose.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Delivering to upstairs while being accessible from downstairs.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? Sadly nothing, I work for my money.

Where would I most like to live? Still in London.

What is my most treasured possession? Always the artwork I am paying instalments for (to the primary market gallery!)

What is my most marked characteristic? I hope good humour!

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Not an easy one in London. Maybe the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, or the Sir John Soane Museum? My partner thought me to like to RCA, too.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Loving Indian food I still like very much Gymkhana in Mayfair.

What books influenced my life and how? “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov has opened my eyes for the surrealist side of life, and this view was confirmed by Flann O’Brien’s “3rd Policeman”. “The Volcano Lover” by Susan Sontag might be the best novel about art collecting.

Who are my favourite writers? The two big Thomas’ (Bernhard and Mann)

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Bach arias sung by Kathleen Battle. Lovely music, calm and clear but also very emotional. And a good preparation for a proper afterlife!

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I work for an auction house, so this must be “the count” in Sesame Street.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? GP’s in the time NHS…

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “2001: A Space Odyssee” by Stanley Kubrick. A true work of art.

What role plays art in my life and work? It is very much at the centre, quite effortlessly. Since I do not work as an art auction specialist but an auction house manager I can afford my interest to be very personal.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? For most of the past 26 years my beloved partner for life.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? David Chipperfield

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? The then newly appointed director/directrice of next documenta

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? Big secret! Made of oil and canvas.

Where can you see me or my work? In your bookshop or library, sometimes a newspaper or art magazine.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It describes this energising power that rules over much of my life.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Tobias Zielony, or Yngve Holen, both young artists whose work I admire.

How can you contact me? Send a postcard, better a hand written letter to Christie’s in London, and I will invite you to afternoon tea.

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