Monumental auction records are the hallmark of Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. A recent highlight: Andy Warhol’s
portfolio of 10 Endangered Species screenprints sold for $338,500. Other notable results include the sales Frank Stella’s Eskimo
Curlew, enamel, oilstick, and crushed glass on corrugated aluminum, sold for $317,000; Rembrandt Peale’s oil-on-canvas portrait
of George Washington, circa 1856, for $662,500.00; Norman Rockwell’s The Song of Bernadette, oil on canvas, 1944, for $605,000;
John McCrady’s Steamboat ‘Round the Bend, oil on canvas, 1846, $542,500; and a diamond and platinum ring from the personal
property of Farrah Fawcett, for $245,000. Additionally, two pairs of marble and painted wrought-iron bird armchairs designed
by François-Xavier Lalanne took top-lot honors in Heritage’s $1.2 million 20th & 21st Century Design Auction, bringing
a combined $478,000 in April. The near-sold-out event offered a selection of high design and the largest collection of
Amsterdam’s famed Droog design editions ever offered at public auction.
This local gem, according to Steve Ivy, who grew up in Fort Worth and founded the firm, gets twice as much Web traffic
as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. “It’s a fascinating array; every day something fascinating comes through Heritage,” he notes. “We
started out in rare coins and it just evolved. Basically when we became involved with Internet sales 15 years ago we determined
that it was relatively easy to add categories to our platform.”
Heritage has branched out over the last 10 to 15 years to comics, illustration art, and now covers 38 categories, which
include modern and contemporary art, photographs, American art, western and California art, illustration art, European art,
and Texas art. Its decorative arts categories are comprised of art glass, fine silver and vertu, 20th-century design, nature and
science minerals and fossils, and American Indian Art.
Ed Beardsley, managing director of fine and decorative arts, has been with Heritage just over five years, having moved to
Dallas in 2009 from Los Angeles, where he was general manager of Bonham’s for 15 years. His combination of experience,
plus degrees in finance, from Penn State, and fine arts, from the San Francisco Art Institute, he notes, “turns out to be a nice
combination for what I do!”
In the U.S. Heritage has showrooms in Dallas, New York, and Beverly Hills. Says Beardsley, “We source material nationally
and from all over the world. The quality of our offerings continues to increase as we hire top experts in every category, for
fine arts most recently Aviva Lehmann, American Art, New York (formerly of Christie’s) and Peter Fairbanks, European and
American Art, San Francisco (formerly Montgomery Gallery, Phillips, Doyles, Butterfields, etc.).”
All property is sent to Dallas, where it is processed and previewed, and Heritage’s strong Internet presence is credited to
its being one of the first to create an outstanding online bidding platform that makes it easy for people to bid from anywhere.
Notes Beardsley, “Our owners are active every day—their combination of talents has created the third-largest auction house in
the world. They are very friendly and approachable—also a great group of collectors themselves.”
Adds Ivy, “We think Dallas is a great place for our business to be headquarted. We get to deal with fun and exciting items
every day.” —Nancy Myers, Patron contributor
From Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species,
Giant Panda, 1983, screenprint on Lenox
museum board, 38 x 38 in.
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Local auction house
continues to thrive.