Michael Grist

Senior Picture Specialist

Michael Grist

Michael is Bellman’s Senior Picture Specialist who began his career as a porter at Sotheby’s in 1999. 

He worked in the British & Continental Paintings Department for five years at Sotheby’s Olympia before moving to the New Bond Street saleroom in 2006.  As Deputy Director of the Victorian & Edwardian paintings Department he ran the Sporting, Marine and Scottish sales.  He was also expert in charge of the 2005 Trafalgar Bicentenary sale which realised over £5m.

In 2012 he became a director of a leading dealership in St. James’s, exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht, Masterpiece, LAPADA and TEFAF New York before joining Bellman’s in 2020.

Most Memorable Moment:  Securing for sale L.S. Lowry’s ‘The Railway Platform’ which realised over £1.1m.

Wishful Find:  A Sir William Nicholson Landscape