Based in Toulouse since 1995, Marc Labarbe was the first to organise auctions of aeronautics-related items. In 2007, he auctioned off lots from the Concorde in a world-famous sale sponsored by the aircraft’s first test pilot, André Turcat. In 2011, he made his first major discovery: a Chinese imperial scroll dating from the Qianlong period. It sold for over €22 million on 26 March 2011, the highest price ever achieved at auction for a Chinese Imperial painting, a world record that has never been equalled. Labarbe then decided to export his French savoir-faire to China where he held an auction of grand cru wines in Hong Kong in 2012, further strengthening his knowledge of the Asian market. Yet it is in Toulouse where he brought the hammer down on an album of Qianlong-period paintings for the sum of €3 million euros in May 2016. Labarbe travels regularly to Paris, Moscow and St. Petersburg, where he holds charity auctions to help raise money for hospitalised children.