Mark Donaldson

Director of Private Sales, Europe

London, United Kingdom

Languages: English +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 +44 (0) 7901 712255

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Speed is not what explicitly drew Mark towards racing, of which he has had the chance to do plenty. The obvious exhilaration, the whipping blur of the world around, is impossible to discount, but he signals out putting tire to track as, most importantly, a thinker’s game. A chipping away of seconds, of maintaining pace, of intense technical handling, of outwitting adversaries—a series of compounding problems to solve, again and again. Such a mindset extends to his work, where Mark relishes complex, hidden gems of cars or deal scenarios that require him to employ some outside-the-box thinking. Similarly, he is also a fan of what he christens as troubleshooting people’s wants: the act of listening and helping connect clients with what they most want to achieve, even if they cannot fully put desires into words. Working alongside others is simply one of his joys, which led him to RM Sotheby’s in 2021. “I need a new challenge,” Mark admitted one night to his wife about his consistently successful private dealer business, pinning the source down to “a fancy to work with others again.” By chance, he received a phone call from old friend Shelby Myers not but twenty-four hours later, who offered up the possibility of a position in RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division—an almost fated call. And while Mark’s natural area of expertise lies in race, rally, and competition cars, he has experienced most sectors of the hobby and business throughout his career. When not seeking out the next opportunity or race event, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and keeping active outdoors, with a particular passion for skiing and trail running.