I'm a storyteller and every culture has stories.
I retell the tales of people like Harry Houdini, Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln and Randolph Hearst. I do it through the books they’ve written, the songs they’ve sung, the planes they’ve flown, and the empires they’ve built. All of which sold on the block.
It’s our shared history and writing about them is the part of the art and antique business I love the most and it hasn’t mattered so much to me that it paid the least.
So many of these people are gone now but the objects that touched their lives come up for sale. You get to peek at their personal treasures and their particular take on life in my column.
You'll find a collection of my current and archived work on this site.
I’ve spent much of my 26-year career in the trenches working as an art and antique appraiser and columnist appraising an endless assortment of stuff from museum quality oil paintings to everyday chatskies. And I’ve written about everything from a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair to Michael Jackson’s famous white sequined glove.
All of which sold at auction.
I’m co-author of The Official Price Guide to Fine Art, a 1000-page book published by Random House listing auction sale results for over 50,000 works of art. I’m also co-author of four volumes of McKittrick’s Art Price Guide.
I hold an M.A. degree from the University of Colorado and have lectured and taught courses in the art, antique and collectibles field.