New hires and auction house expansion – the latest news from the art and antiques industry

Harrison Goldman joined Bellmans.


Harrison Goldman has joined Bellmans as an auctioneer and appraiser to run its London office. He was previously at Dawsons in Berkshire.

After graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, he worked at Christie’s in its house sales and private collections department. Later, he worked on furnishing two country houses for a private collector and curated an exhibition on Bauhaus-style architecture in Tel Aviv.

He is on the committee of the Young Georgian Group.


Rachel Koffsky has been promoted to senior vice president, global head of handbags and accessories, at Christie’s New York.

She started her career at Christie’s in 2014 as a department specialist and later moved to London to bring the handbags and accessories department to King Street.

Koffsky has been on the podium in New York, London and Geneva.

In her role as Associate Director and Head of European Sales, she chaired the first live White Glove handbag sale at the auction house in 2019 and also spearheaded a number of initiatives including the Christie’s x Gucci Vault partnership and Marnifesto 2020 auction of items from luxury fashion brand Marni, which were sold to benefit the Alliance of Artist Communities.


Cockermouth’s Mitchells Auction House has opened a new business park for local businesses in the Cumbrian town. The launch of the development was attended by local dignitaries including Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership chief executive Jo Lappin.


Mitchells of Cockermouth opening the new business park. Pictured L-R: Ann Cummings, Mitchells Corporate Secretary, Ian Wood, Mitchells Land Agent, Jo Lappin, Managing Director of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark Jenkinson, MP for Workington, Ian Powley, Mitchells Chairman , Stephen Revell, director of Mitchells, and Bob Watson, former chairman of Mitchells.

Mitchells said his board first considered the feasibility of the project in June 2020.

Company chairman Ian Powley said: “We recognized the need for new business premises in the Cockermouth area and knew we could make better use of the resources and space available next to our cattle market. Diversifying our business model by expanding the business base makes us more resilient to downturns in the economy and helps protect and strengthen Mitchells for the future.

With funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and support from HSBC Bank, construction began in October 2020 and was completed last October.

It is fully occupied by tenants including a gym and a bakery.