I'm a storyteller and much of our lives are spent listening to and sharing stories about the past, present and future.
I retell the tales of Harry Houdini, Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln and Randolph Hearst. I do it through the books they’ve written, the song they’ve sung, the planes they’ve flown, and the empires they’ve built.
It’s our shared history. Many of these people are gone now but their personal possessions come up for sale on the block and I write about them.
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 along with Michael McKittrick 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.