Ex-Sotheby’s MD Gaurav Bhatia Biography

One of the most sought-after luxury experts in India, Gaurav Bhatia is the Founder and CEO of MAISON and the former MD of Sotheby’s and LVMH. With more than 20 years of experience in the luxury segment, Gaurav Bhatia has made his mark in arguably the most challenging industry in the country.

Former Sotheby’s Head Gaurav Bhatia and his journey through Indian Luxury market

Gaurav Bhatia completed his higher education from New York’s Middlebury College, before joining Young & Rubicam as an adman. He went onto become a manager, handling the brand development plans in advertising. During his tenure at Young and Rubicam, Gaurav Bhatia catered to renowned brands like Sony, Heinz, Singapore Tourism, Tata Motors, Taj Group of Hotels, Kraft, and Aventis, etc.

Gaurav Bhatia Details
Height5 Feet 10 inches
Weight78 Kgs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
OccupationFormer MD of Sotheby’s
Alma MaterMiddlebury College
SpousePratima Bhatia
BirthplaceMumbai
LanguagesEnglish and Hindi

In 2007, Gaurav Bhatia came back to his homeland and headed the Indian division of the luxury conglomerate LVMH. Within a short span of time, Bhatia came up with his own business idea of making wines in the South Asian region. He also played a key role in steering Chandon to foray into the Indian market. While introducing luxury drinks like wine and champagne to the people in India, Gaurav Bhatia tapped the business development opportunities for LVMH.

After making his mark in the luxury sector, Gaurav Bhatia intended to make an impact in the art industry as well. He was appointed as the Managing Director of Indian division of world’s fourth oldest auction house, Sotheby’s. He successfully brought an international outlook to the art industry of the country by shepherding “Boundless: India”, the maiden auction of Sotheby’s in Mumbai.  

Featuring 60 artworks, the inaugural sale included some of the best pieces of South Asian artists, along with masterpieces from western artists. The appointment of Gaurav Bhatia turned out to be a master stroke of Sotheby’s, as the auction witnessed a total sale of Rs 554 million.

gaurav bhatia art

During his tenure at various leading companies across different sectors, Gaurav Bhatia learned the art of building strong customer relationship, while observing the importance of doing the same. He focused on achieving the marketing goals by focusing on customer satisfaction. Bhatia soon came up with his own luxury and lifestyle advisory cell called MAISON.

Offering a holistic service, MAISON is comes up with innovative marketing solutions, business development ideas, branding and rebranding solutions, communication and content creation, PR, digital strategy, etc., for the clients. Led by Gaurav Bhatia, the firm is assisting the brands in recognizing opportunities to build, grow and sustain their business.  

MAISON believes in building the legacy of brands, encouraging creativity and business excellence. It aims at creating disruptive ideas and solutions to challenge the existing norms. The firm not only intends to make the brands alive, but also suggests continuous solutions to create visibility and open new markets. Setting a new benchmark by heading one of the few luxury and lifestyle advisory firms in the country, Gaurav Bhatia will aim to make a similar impact with MAISON in the coming years. 

Quotes by Gaurav Bhatia

Great style is …. “Collecting art, how you make a martini, fresh mogras in summer, truffle hunting in the San Miniato hills, Spaghetti Sundays at home and racing vintage Ferraris. That’s style to me.”

True luxury is culture. It enriches your life

Zara or Sari? And you can have both. Just weigh in what ratio you want fast fashion to slow luxury. And know how far your rupee can go in saving a tradition, in recognizing and uplifting our indigenous textiles. It’s really in your hands.

Luxury is a serious business. In times of slowdown, people may spend less, but true luxury brands always stand the test of time and cycles.

Art is the ultimate luxury

Virtual collecting was my best orientation