Four times a month in one of Eppli’s three auction houses, auctions with various focal points are held. The whole business began forty years ago in a small shop specialized in buying and selling jewelry. That small shop grew into one of the largest auction houses in southern Germany. Today they offer it services at a total of eight locations. In addition to their regular auctions, their locations also offer an extensive selection of unique jewelry, watches, antiques, art, designer fashion and accessories that are available for immediate purchase.
After over 40 years of owner-operated management through founders Franz and Gabriele Eppli, the second generation has now stepped up to join the family business. Ferdinand Eppli now supports his parents as part of the company management. His educational background set the stage for him to continue in his parents’ footsteps in running the family business. Ferdinand B. Eppli studied business administration in Germany and the USA, after which he became a certified gemologist through GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in New York. GIA is world-renowned as the leading global institution for grading gemstones, teaching and research in gemology. Like his father, Ferdinand has been named a publicly appointed and sworn auctioneer by the state capital Stuttgart and therefore has the legal authority to conduct auctions for the government including repossessed items. His sister Katharina Eppli recently completed her master’s degree in “Fashion, Luxury and Sales Management” at the International School of Business in Cologne and now works full time for the family business. Both Ferdinand and Katharina hope to continue to expand the company’s reputation as a leading auction house and hope to advance the digitalization of the company.
As part of our charitable work, they at Eppli do their best to deal responsibly with social issues. They regularly hold auctions to benefit various charitable foundations and non-profit organizations. Through the Eppli & Hopf Foundation, a foundation under civil law, they have created a focused outlet for their charitable work. It is particularly important to them to support people who find themselves in need due to an accident, illness or misfortune. regard this commitment as our entrepreneurial duty.
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