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Family business Eppli

Familie Eppli - Eppli Auktionshaus Stuttgart


with competence and empathy


Our history

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 we offer our services at a total of eight locations. In addition to our regular auctions, our locations also offer an extensive selection of unique jewelry, watches, antiques, art, designer fashion and accessories that are available for immediate purchase.

„We appreciate value” became our business philosophy in two ways: we appreciate and evaluate the current market price of various items on a daily basis, but we also appreciate these valuables in a deeper sense as part of our conviction for what we do. Each year we auction over 25,000 items with the help of our outstanding team of experts. This has enabled us to grow and develop into one of the leading auction houses in southern Germany over the past several years. In 2015 we opened the Eppli Expert Center ( centrally located on Stuttgart’s Marktplatz, where we centralized the experts of various divisions to better respond to the growing demand for our services in the areas of appraisals, certificates, consignments and collateral loans. The Eppli Expert Center is currently one of the leading institutions in Germany and is unparalleled in the comprehensive extent of services offered in one location.

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, we at Eppli do our best to deal responsibly with social issues. We regularly hold auctions to benefit various charitable foundations and non-profit organizations. Through the Eppli & Hopf Foundation, a foundation under civil law, we have created a focused outlet for our charitable work. It is particularly important to us to support people who find themselves in need due to an accident, illness or misfortune. We regard this commitment as our entrepreneurial duty. 

The family

Gabriele M. Eppli is a goldsmith and diamond expert and represents the expertise and fascination for jewels.

Franz Eppli, is a businessman and a publicly sworn and appointed auctioneer of the state capital of Stuttgart and was the driving force that started this company over 40 years ago.

Ferdinand B. Eppli, Business Administration (BA), Certified Gemologist (GIA New York) and publicly sworn and appointed auctioneer of the state capital of Stuttgart has helped his parents manage the company since 2013.  

Katharina A. M. Eppli Fashion, Luxury and Sales Management (MA) is also involved in the management of the family company, particularly in the fashion department.

Zalika & Lubaya (Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and Coco (French Bulldog), are the constant companions of the family and are part of the Eppli team.