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Ed Jaster
Senior Vice President, Heritage Auctions
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From the very beginning, Ed Jaster seemed destined for the art business. His parents met while attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s, the same school their son would later attend. Subsequently, for some 20 years, Ed owned his own commercial art firm in Chicago, acquiring, trading, and selling world class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books. Ed brought his vast experience and expertise in collectibles to Heritage Auctions in 2002.

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Ed Beardsley
Vice President and Managing Director, Fine & Decorative Arts
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In 1994, Ed started his auction career at Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco.  In 2000, Ed moved to Los Angeles to manage the expanding operation there, through the transition to new owner eBay, then again through the London-based new owner Bonham’s in 2002.  The first decade of this century saw an enormous expansion of auctions on the internet but nothing like what we see today.      

At Heritage Auctions, Ed is focused on the Fine & Decorative Arts department, which covers 15 categories including Silver, Art Glass, American & Urban Art, among others.  He also oversees Nature & Science, Trusts & Estates, and Appraisal Services.  Ed was actively involved in Heritage’s expansion to regional offices in New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Chicago. Heritage also has offices in Hong Kong, London, and Europe.  Ed enjoys being part of one of the industry’s fastest expanding auction houses.


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Roberta Kramer
Managing Director, Chicago
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Roberta Kramer is a 25-year veteran of the art and antiques world. Before beginning her career in auctions, she spent two years curating for the Ben Uri Art Society in London. Returning stateside, Roberta served as Gallery Director for J. Rosenthal Fine Art until her interest in Continental Antiques led her to a management position at Rita Bucheit, Ltd. In 1992, with her extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques, Roberta started her auction career at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an account executive. In 1995, after taking a leave to found the Antiques Center at Kinzie Square, she was named Consignment Director of newly formed Chicago auction house, Susanin’s Auctions. While at Susanin’s she also managed the appraisal department and served as principal auctioneer alongside Sean Susanin. In 2001 she founded Roberta Kramer & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in appraisals and art consulting. A recognized USPAP qualified appraiser and licensed auctioneer, Roberta has served as a charity auctioneer for numerous charities and has been a frequent contributor to Art & Antiques Magazine. Roberta joined HA in 2016, opening the first regional office in the Midwest for the company.  Along with her staff of specialists in multiple areas of collecting, she serves the Chicago and greater midwestern region of the country.

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Karen Rigdon
Director, Decorative Arts & Design/Silver & Vertu
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Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts History from Parsons’s School of Design and the New School for Social Research through the Cooper Hewitt Museum.  Her career began in the curatorial departments of distinguished collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where responsibilities included the reinstallation of the decorative arts collections and period rooms as well as establishing the collecting direction of the Norwest Modernism Collection.

She went on to Gallery Directorships in Chicago, Atlanta and Birmingham, MI, accepting opportunities to continue to curate exhibitions while buying extensively and developing private collections of furniture, ceramics and glass.  Beginning in 2003 she developed curriculum and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the History of Decorative Arts for institutions including Georgia State University.

Karen has been with Heritage Auction since 2007, and has been involved with the Fine Silver & Vertu Auctions sincere their inception in May 2008.  She is currently Director of Silver and Decorative Arts.


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Nicholas Dawes
Sr. Vice President, Special Collections, New York
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Nick Dawes began his career in his native England and brings over forty years of experience in the antiques and fine art auction business. He emigrated to New York in 1979 and has pursued his career there as an auctioneer, appraiser, author, lecturer, and antiques dealer. Nick is a former Department Head and auctioneer at Phillips and at Sotheby’s in New York and has organized his own auctions at several prominent auction houses.  He held annual exhibitions of Lalique glass hood ornaments at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance for over twenty years since 1993 and is considered this country’s leading authority on the work of Rene Lalique. Nick is the author of four standard works on decorative arts, together with scores of articles, and lectures widely internationally.  He has been a faculty member of Parsons School of Design since 1984 and has taught Luxury Marketing at Columbia Business School and courses on English and French furniture at Bard Graduate Center. Nick is active within many charitable organizations and is the Chairman and CEO of Salmagundi, the oldest artist’s club in New York City founded in 1871.  He first appeared as an appraiser on "Antiques Roadshow" for PBS in the second ever broadcast of the show, and has appeared regularly ever since, discussing ceramics, glass, silver, and other decorative arts.

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Aviva Lehmann
VP & Director of American Art, New York
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Aviva Lehmann joined Heritage in January 2013 after fourteen years in the auction industry. With over twenty years of in-depth knowledge and experience in American Art, she holds a broad interest in all aspects of the field. Aviva previously served as Vice President, Specialist in the American Art department at Christie’s, where she was instrumental in establishing dozens of auction records in virtually every category of American Art. While directing their mid-season auctions in 2004-6 she doubled the value of these sales.  

Aviva lectures on American Art at museums and institutions throughout the country. She also serves as an adjunct professor of Appraisals and Valuation in the Art Administration Master’s Program at New York University. Aviva has been featured as a tastemaker in various publications, including Forbes, Intelligent Collector, Christie’s Magazine, and Yeshiva University Alumni Magazine. As an expert on the art market, Aviva has been a contributor to broadcast television shows on Fox News and Bloomberg.  

Aviva graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Yeshiva University and is fluent in Hebrew. She has also successfully completed the coursework and examination in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.


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Ariana Hartsock
Director, Fine Art, Dallas
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Ariana Hartsock began her career at prominent galleries in California, specializing in American and Early California art. She earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.A. in Modern Art, History of the Art Market, and Connoisseurship at Christie’s Education in New York. Upon completing her studies, Ariana began her auction career at Doyle Auctions as a Fine Art cataloguer, and then at Christie’s as a Specialist and Associate Vice President in American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture. There she headed twice-yearly midseason American Art sales, breaking previous records for the highest ever sales in the category, and setting new world auction records for a multitude of artists. Ariana has now been with Heritage for ten years as a specialist in both American and European art, and serves as Director of Fine Art in Dallas.

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Alissa Ford
Director, California & Western Art
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Alissa is well versed on the art market, having managed multi-million dollar collections nationwide, helping collectors find premier paintings by important California and Western artists; and having worked both at major California and New York auction houses and alongside some of the country’s most respected dealers.  Alissa received her BA in Art History with an emphasis in the Italian Renaissance, then pursued her Master’s in American Fine and Decorative Arts. After spending several years in New York, Alissa decided to return to her native grounds to specialize in the great masters of the American West, working in the California Painting department of another prominent auction house and as Director of a highly recognized California Art Gallery. “I realized early on that this niche of the market is filled with passionate collectors and I feel fortunate to continue to build relationships with those buyers ” In addition to her role as Director, California Art, Alissa acts as one of the company’s auctioneers.


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Frank Hettig
Vice President, Modern & Contemporary Art
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Frank Hettig is Heritage Auction’s Vice President of Modern & Contemporary Art. In addition to more than 12 years of auction experience, Frank has a well-regarded reputation as a curator, critic and connoisseur of contemporary art.  

Trained as an art historian at the University of Amsterdam, Frank advised on exhibitions and museum catalogues and has lectured at a number of colleges and universities both in the US and overseas.  At both the Goethe-Institute Los Angeles (German Cultural Institute) and the Consulate General of the Netherlands, he conceptualized and coordinated a variety of international cultural events including lectures and symposia, guest artist exhibitions and performing arts programs.  As an independent art critic, he has written reviews and features in English, German and Dutch for publications such as Archis, Art/Text, Artforum, Bauwelt, Forum International, das Kunstwerk, Kunstforum and Metropolis, among others.  Frank has handled auctions of many private collections as well as corporate art collections including a Fortune 100 Company, the Estate of Dr. Edmund Pillsbury, among others.  He is also overseeing Heritage’s growth in Latin-American Art and Chinese Art.


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Meredith Meuwly ISA CAPP
Sr Appraiser / Consultant
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Meredith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies and Art History from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie's Education in New York. She spent the next five years in the Christie's New York Antiquities Department as sale coordinator and cataloguer of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern works of art. During her time at Christie's, she worked on numerous high profile auctions including the Doris Duke Estate, Ancient Egyptian Art from the Harer Family Trust, and the John W. Kluge Morven Collection of Ancient Art.

Meredith joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department, overseeing two auctions each year. In January 2010, she became the Director of Appraisal Services, preparing formal appraisals for 40 specialist categories. In March 2021, she became an independent consultant to the department.

Meredith is a certified appraiser of personal property with the International Society of Appraisers.  She is an AQB-certified USPAP instructor and the current ISA Director of Education.  Meredith is an instructor for the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies, Appraisal of Fine Art, and Advanced Appraisal Methodology courses and a frequent guest lecturer at museums, institutions, conferences, and multiple civic organizations.  In 2019, she was honored with the ISA President's Award for her contributions and dedication to the field of personal property appraisals.  In addition, Meredith participates as an appraiser for Antiques Roadshow on PBS, specializing in Glass, Silver, Decorative Arts, Antiquities, and Paintings.  


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Delia E. Sullivan
Senior Specialist, Consignment Director, Ethnographic Art
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With a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, Delia E. Sullivan studied Primitive Art with Ted Carpenter and Shamanism with Michael Harner. She worked for 14 years at Christie's in New York City, seven of which were spent as head of the American Indian Art Department. From 2000 through 2007, Delia managed two auctions a year in that capacity, during which she significantly raised the profitability and reputation of her department.

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Leon Benrimon
Vice President, Modern & Contemporary Art
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Leon, Heritage Auctions’ Vice President in Modern and Contemporary Art, has spent his entire life in the art business, with parents who both own art galleries, and three siblings, all of whom also currently work in the art world. Prior to joining Heritage, Benrimon owned Benrimon Contemporary in New York, where he sold blue chip artworks on the secondary market in association with historical exhibitions, while dedicating himself to representing and supporting emerging, established and mid-career Contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums.  He received his Master’s Degree at Christie’s Education in New York and worked at family owned galleries on Fifth and Madison Avenues at David Benrimon Fine Art.  His specialty is working with new collectors and post-war artists – such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Prince, Basquiat, Longo, Kusama Haring, Murakami and Hirst, among others.


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Marianne Berardi PhD
Senior Specialist, European and American Art
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Art historian Dr. Marianne Berardi serves as Heritage Auctions' Senior Expert in American Art and Director of Old Master Paintings. Her dual expertise in American 20th-Century Art and Dutch 17th Century Painting was the combination which first brought her to Heritage in 2006 to research and write the book-length auction catalogue for the Walsh Family Collection of American and European Painting sold through Heritage in the Fall of 2006. Since that time she was responsible for bringing to Heritage the following collections and estates, as well as researching and writing their accompanying catalogues: the Hon. Judge Paul H. Buchanan Collection of American Painting (November 11, 2009);Lucille Ball Memorabilia from the Collection of Susie Morton and Gary Morton (Lucille Ball’s second husband) (November 14, 2010); The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor (March 20, 2011); Contemporary Art from the Estate of Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury (October 26, 2011); Selections from the American Painting Collection of the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust (May 15, 2012; May 11, 2013; and May 2014 forthcoming).

 

Marianne holds both a M.A. in 20th Century American Art and a Ph.D. in Dutch 17th-Century Art from the University of Pittsburgh. She held a Kress Fellowship; a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship in connoisseurship studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and two consecutive Andrew W. Mellon fellowships. During her five-year tenure as Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of American Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, she published widely on Benton and the Regionalists. In 1993, she curated a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Thomas Hart Benton and many of his pupils whom she tracked down from many regions of the United States. The exhibition, Under the Influence: The Students of Thomas Hart Benton (1993), was accompanied by her book-length catalogue of the same title. In 2010, her book on Benton pupil Margot Peet (Discovering Margot Peet) was published by Posterity Press. Following her move to Cleveland, Ohio, Marianne served as Director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation. She has taught art history at the University of Pittsburgh, the Kansas City Art Institute, Case Western Reserve University, and John Carroll University.  She has a reading knowledge of French, Dutch, German, and Italian. She is currently completing a monograph and catalogue raisonne on the celebrated Dutch flower painter, Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), on whom she is the recognized authority.


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Mary Adair Dockery
Research and Authentication
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Mary Adair graduated summa cum laude from Davidson College and received a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities to study art history at Yale University, where she completed her M.A. in American painting. As Curator of Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen House in Baltimore, she organized exhibitions and educational programs related to the museum's modern art collections. Before joining Heritage, she assisted with a Thomas Moran exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, consulted for Arts & Letters Live, and lectured on art historical topics for the Meadows Museum, David Dike Fine Arts, and the Episcopal School of Dallas.

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Holly Sherratt
Director, Modern & Contemporary Art, San Francisco
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Holly Sherratt has more than 20 years of fine art experience and has worked in the auction industry for more than fifteen years. As a well-regarded Modern and Contemporary Art specialist, she has directed the sales of hundreds of important collections nationwide. She was the founding Director of Made in California Art at a major auction house and was instrumental in establishing world record prices for dozens of artists. She was also Head of Museum Programs at the world’s largest art online retailer, managing strategic partnerships with museums such as MoMA, British Museum, and the de Young. With vast auction, business development, and non-profit experience, she has built relationships with collectors, arts organizations, and fiduciaries around the world.  

Holly received her BA in Art History from UCLA and MA in Visual Studies (Art History and Critical Theory) from UCI. She trained at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Laguna Art Museum. Holly also completed coursework at Loyola Law School and received the distinguished American Jurisprudence Awards for both legal writing and criminal law before transferring to graduate school. She is an active member of the San Francisco arts community. She served on the Board of Directors of Contemporary Extension at the SFMOMA and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco.


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Todd Hignite
Vice President
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Todd Hignite is a Vice President of Heritage Auctions, with a focus on art consignments across a number of categories. He has managed many of the most important comic and illustration art consignments to be brought to auction, including the world record prices for original American comic art, The Eric Sack Collection: Masterpieces of Underground Art, and The Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art. Hignite has extensive experience in all capacities of the art world, including working for Pace Gallery, New York, is author of the books The Art of Jaime Hernandez/The Secrets of Life and Death (Abrams, 2010) and In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists (Yale University Press, 2006), and was founding editor of the Harvey Award-winning magazine Comic Art. He holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, acted as inaugural curator for that university’s Modern Graphic History Library, and has organized a number of exhibitions devoted to comic and contemporary art, notably the retrospective R. Crumb's Underground, which originated at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and toured US museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Frye Art Museum, Seattle. 

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Craig Kissick
Director, Nature & Science
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Craig C. Kissick began his lifelong love affair with Natural History when he was given a Fluorite specimen, and book about minerals, at the age of nine. After studying business at The University of Texas at Austin, working in the financial industry, and then obtaining his graduate degree from SMU, he went to work for The Discovery Store where his passion for the geological sciences was ignited. He later operated his own company specializing in marketing decorative mineral and fossil specimens to architectural firms as well as interior designers and individual collectors. Kissick was a member of the Retail Advisory Board for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and is an active member of the Dallas Paleontological Society. He is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) and is currently serving as the President. Kissick joined Heritage nearly 10 years ago and has served as Director of Nature and Science for America’s Auction House for the past five years helping to lead and expand the category for the company. He has written numerous articles for various publications and often lectures to groups related to natural history, appraisals, and education. Kissick is often interviewed about the marketplace.


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Clementine Chen
Consignment Director, Asian Art, San Francisco
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Clementine Chen is a well-regarded specialist with over a decade of experience in the field of Asian art. Prior to joining Heritage, Clementine worked at international auction houses in Beijing and San Francisco where she organized several exclusive auctions of Chinese paintings and furniture.  She also worked for Ronin Gallery, a prestigious Japanese print gallery in New York.  In her most recent role as an Asian art Specialist in San Francisco, Clementine regularly set auction records for Chinese paintings sold on the West Coast.  Clementine is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and travels to Asia frequently to conduct primary research in her field and meet with Asian scholars.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Soochow University in China and Master's degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Clementine also enjoys traditional Chinese opera and volunteers for Kun Opera Theater.

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Taylor Curry
Consignment Director, Modern & Contemporary Art, New York
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Having had the opportunity to live around the world in his youth, Taylor acquired a deep appreciation for art in its many forms. As that grew into a passion, he decided to pursue, and ultimately earn, an undergraduate degree in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. While completing his studies, he trained with the renowned Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh, where he developed a keen interest in the business-side of the art world. Looking to build on his gallery experience, he applied and was accepted to the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Art Business. Following graduation, he joined Heritage and has since enjoyed working across a number of fields in the auction business. In 2016, he joined Heritage’s Modern and Contemporary Art team and is currently Consignment Director in New York. Combining his love of contemporary art and knowledge of the auction business and looks to provide his clients with the highest possible level of service. Trust and transparency are the cornerstones of Taylor’s relationships and are at the forefront of every interaction. Taylor has also successfully completed the coursework and examination in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.  

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Tess Hall
Consignment Director, Fine & Decorative Arts, Chicago
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Tess brings a very experienced and unique perspective to Heritage’s Chicago team.  She began her career at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she contributed to two publications: The Age of French Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago and Matisse: Radical Invention. She then relocated to New York to work for the online auction house Paddle8.  There, she had the privilege of managing many high-profile, single-owner and partnership sales.  Among the highlights include the Tory Burch Foundation, Gilt Groupe, Jean Pigozzi, Lynn Wyatt, Carlos Mota, Andy Spade, and the estate of Robin Williams.  She then went on to join Winston Art Group as an Associate Director of the Midwest and returned to Chicago with the firm.  As an USPAP qualified appraiser, she helped clients prepare estate tax documents, advised on donations, and assisted with insurance schedule reviews and collateral loans.  Most recently, Tess was a Senior Specialist at Hindman Auctions, overseeing both the American and European Painting departments.

Tess received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University and a Master’s from the University of Chicago.


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Brent Lewis
Director, Design, Beverly Hills
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Brent Lewis is an art and design specialist based in Los Angeles and the director of design for Heritage Auctions.   He has spent over fifteen years in the auction business, working with both East and West Coast firms as a specialist and auctioneer.  In his role at Heritage, Brent oversees the department of 20th Century and Contemporary Design, focusing on building Heritage’s market in mid-century and postwar design.

Prior to joining Heritage, Brent was the director of Wright auction house’s New York gallery, and was formerly a Vice President and Auctioneer at Christie's, New York.  Previously he was the Gallery Director of Moss, New York and held roles at Freeman’s auction house in Philadelphia and Bonham’s in Los Angeles. Brent has appeared on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow and is a contributing editor of Cultured Magazine.  He has published widely on the subjects of art and design with recent subjects including Frank Gehry, Robert Wilson, Gaetano Pesce, Tom Sachs, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Los Carpinteros. 


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Meagen McMillan
Inquiries Coordinator
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Graduating summa cum laude from Sewanee University of the South, Meagen McMillan quickly rose to Consignment Director in American Art after joining the Heritage Auctions team in 2014. Meagen’s experience from Consignment Coordinator to Fine Art Cataloger to Junior Specialist and now Director gave her a thorough understanding of the auction industry. With a background in Archaeology and Historical Preservation, she firmly believes in being a good steward by guiding artwork and its consignors through the auction process. A love of American history and literature led Meagen to specialize in Western and Illustration Art. One of Meagen’s strength is building strong relationships with clients, collectors, and the broader art community.

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Jenny Milani
Associate Director, Nature & Science
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Jenny Milani joined Heritage Auctions in 2013. She is currently the Associate Director of Nature and Science, which is an all-encompassing role. She received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington, then went on to receive a Master of Archaeology degree from Flinders University in South Australia. Both degrees aroused her love for science, and, in particular, geology. Her master’s thesis focused on Indigenous Rock Art and Geophysics. After attaining her master’s degree, she joined the United States Peace Corps and served two successful years as an environmental volunteer, working closely with the farmers in Jamaica. During her more than 7 years’ experience at Heritage, she has broadened a knowledge of what collectors covet in the fascinating field of Natural History. Jenny is a current member of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) and will often work with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on special projects. Additionally, she is pursuing her Graduate Colored Stones certification through the GIA. Jenny is dedicated to furthering the success of this unique category at Heritage Auctions and in helping it to reach new heights in growth and sales. 

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Moyun Niu
Consignment Director, Asian Art, Beverly Hills
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Fluent in Mandarin, Niu earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North University of China and Drexel University before earning her certificate in appraisal studies in Fine & Decorative Arts from New York University. She assisted the Shenzhen Art Museum with its Ink-Not-Ink Chinese contemporary art collections, following a stint as in independent interior designer. Her work with Asian Art continued in Philadelphia, where she cataloged and researched specific works and coordinated symposiums and special events for collectors and sellers. She joined the staff of a Beverly Hills-based Auction House, where she oversaw the sale of important works of Asian art, and her professional experience extends from consignment valuation and catalog production to developing and maintaining client relationships and providing specialist advice. Moyun is a USPAP-compliant appraiser.  

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Desiree Pakravan
Consignment Director, Prints and Multiples, Beverly Hills
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From a young age, Desiree developed an intense passion and connection to art. After pursuing a dual degree in Art History and Architecture from the University of Southern California, she earned a Master's Degree in Post-War and Contemporary Art from Columbia University. Following her Master’s program, Desiree expanded her knowledge of the inner-workings of both the primary and secondary markets, gaining experience through various galleries, online auction companies and appraisal firms. In 2015 Desiree joined Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, now working as Consignment Director in Prints & Multiples. Utilizing her love of Fine Art, extensive knowledge of the art market, and fluency in five foreign languages - Spanish, Italian, French, Hebrew and Farsi - Desiree caters to a variety of clients around the world. 

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Walter Ramirez
Associate Specialist, Fine & Decorative Arts, New York
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Nigel Russell
Director, Photographs
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Nigel Russell was educated at Vassar College and the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he studied Photographic Science and Engineering. He started his career in 1979 at Sotheby's London cataloguing antique cameras and scientific instruments and instituted Sotheby's first auctions devoted solely to cameras, photographic viewers and optical toys. In 1981 he transferred to Sotheby's New York as Assistant Departmental Director of the Collectibles Department and was responsible for the auction of the Dobran Collection of Photographica, the first sale of its kind in America.

After leaving Sotheby's Russell became the curator of the Spira Collection, New York, a private collection of approximately 20,000 items relating to the history of photography. He remained there until 1999, then working at Swann Auction Galleries as the Photographs & Camera Specialist. Subsequent to Swann"s, Russell was back at Sotheby's as the Director of the Photographs Department for Sothebys.com and at Christie's New York as a Photographs Specialist. He also consulted on antique and collectible cameras for Adorama, New York and WestLicht Photographica Auctions, Vienna.

From November 2005 to March 2006, Nigel was a photography consultant for the National Counsel for Culture, Art & Heritage, Doha, Qatar and worked as Photography Curator for the Qatar Museums Authority from November 2006 until March 2013.

Nigel is a major contributor to "The History of Photography As Seen Through The Spira Collection," published by Aperture in the fall of 2001 and co-author of "Spirit Capture: Photographs from the National Museum of the American Indian," published by the Smithsonian in the fall of 1998 as well as a contributor to various photography magazines. He was a member of the advisory committee of the Technology Department of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and has also lectured on the Photography Auction Market and Collecting Photographica.


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Rebecca Van Norman
Consignment Director, Prints & Multiples
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Rebecca Van Norman joined Heritage in July 2017 after three years working in the print collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University. It was while working on her MA at Texas Tech that Rebecca seized her opportunity to work with art. Now, with over 7 years of in-depth knowledge and experience in Prints and Multiples, she is a respected specialist within her field. She continues to hold a broad interest in all aspects of fine art and the global art market.  

Starting as a cataloger for prints and multiples at Heritage, Rebecca is astute and ambitious. She worked her way up to Consignment Director of Prints and Multiples, after many years of work to build the now thriving Urban Art Department. She is also an accomplished auctioneer for many of Heritage’s record-breaking coin auctions. As a Consignment Director, her specialty is working with art dealers, art advisors, galleries, printing presses, and publishers of Fine Art.  

Rebecca has a dual Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s in Art in Museum Studies, with an emphasis in Curatorial Research, from Texas Tech University.

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