An international hub that boasts one of the world's largest and most diversified economies, the Windy City represents a strategic location for Heritage Auctions throughout the Midwest.
The office's prime downtown location in the center of the vibrant River North neighborhood allows Heritage's experts easy access to the greater Chicago community. Backed by a worldwide team of
specialists, our Chicago-based team delivers personalized service for valuations and consignments in all Heritage categories, including Fine & Decorative Arts, Luxury Lifestyle, Jewelry, Memorabilia &
Collectibles, Numismatics and Historical Artifacts. Contact us to arrange an auction proposal, formal appraisal, offer to purchase or general advice on your treasures.
If you would like to discuss consigning, or if you simply want to drop off your consignment and leave the packing and shipping back to Dallas to us, we are happy to help.
You may contact your Heritage Representative to make arrangements, our Chicago staff will work with you and your Heritage Rep to make doing business with us as easy and hassle-free as possible.
We recommend calling ahead to book an appointment with a specialist, 312-260-7200. Our hours are Monday through Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT.
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.
Assistant Managing Director, Chicago
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Rudy graduated from Albion College with a degree in Art
History and Printmaking. Among his studies, Rudy spent a semester in New York
City interning at the Whitney Museum in the department of Rights and
Reproductions and at Larissa Goldston Gallery/ULAE. While at Albion, Rudy assisted the Chair of
the Art Department after a large water pipe break resulted in significant
damage to the College’s print collection.
Roberta Kramer was the appraiser assigned to the claim and in his final
two summers of college, he interned at Roberta Kramer & Associates while
also working at Susanin’s Auctions. Rudy
became Roberta’s full time Operations Manager in 2013 and he joins her in
running Heritage’s new Chicago office.
Director of Numismatics, Chicago
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Roxana Uskali, the Director of Numismatics for Heritage
Auctions’ Chicago office, started collecting coins like many of you — as a
youngster who frequented a local coin and stamp shop in her neighborhood. She
went on to graduate cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, receiving degrees
in world history, theology, and piano performance before pairing her diverse
academic background and her love of traveling into a career in professional
numismatics. Roxana spent nine years working as the principal world coin
numismatist for the prestigious Chicago firm Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., and more
recently her own company, KRCoins. Over the last several years, she has helped
catalog Heritage’s world coin auctions while also frequently attending major
coin shows around the U.S. and abroad. In addition to being a member of the
ANA, the IBNS, and the CSNS, Roxana also produces coin-related videos called Coincasts.
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Chris Nerat, a Wisconsin native and one of the hobby's best known vintage Packers memorabilia experts, received his Bachelor's degree in Communications, with an emphasis in Journalism, from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2001. Starting in the sixth grade Chris has worked in almost every aspect of the hobby: dealer, card show promoter, lead card grader and first hire for SCD Authentic, Cataloger/Consignment Director for American Memorabilia, at Upper Deck Card Company in its auction division and helped start up MEARS Online Auctions. Most recently Chris was an editor/writer at Sports Collectors Digest where garnered national attention when he conducted a two-month investigation regarding fraudulent game-worn Brett Favre jerseys. His greatest personal accolade came in 2017, when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, at historic Lambeau Field.
Director, Animation Art, Chicago
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Before joining Heritage, Bill King was the former Director of
Stay Tooned Galleries, a Midwest animation art gallery chain, and was a team
member for the long-running 1990s Midwest Animation Lecture Series.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree, he also has 25 years of experience in the graphic design
and illustration field both as a Sr. Art Director for Omnicom’s Adpac Corp. and
as a freelance artist/consultant to many of Chicago’s top ad agencies. In 2004,
Bill and his cousin, Las Vegas Comedy Magician Mac King, created the syndicated
Sunday comic feature “Mac King’s Magic in a Minute.” The strip continues to
this day, distributed through Andrews McMeel Syndication and appearing online
and in newspapers all over the world. He is also a member of the exclusive
National Cartoonist Society, a club dedicated to the advancement of cartooning
arts. Bill and his lovely wife Joetta live on Chicago’s north side.
What began as a summer job in the early 90s evolved into a lifelong passion that has built a foundation
of knowledge, making Matthew an unquestioned expert in the hobby.
Matthew started by setting up and
manning the table of 50-cent comics outside a shop in Queens, N.Y. McGee later
clerked at and eventually managed the world-renowned St. Mark’s Comics in New
York City, and later managed the back issue operation for Midtown Comics.
The breadth of his knowledge
and the depth of his passion for comics and the comic book industry have taken
him from coast to coast, from New York to the Pacific Northwest.
Consignment Director, Fine Jewelry, Chicago
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Before joining Heritage as a Jewelry Consignment Director in
its Chicago office, Jamie Henderson spent nine years at Leslie Hindman/Hindman
Auctions as an account executive, cataloguer and specialist for fine jewelry,
timepieces and artisan silver jewelry. Additionally, she worked at Professional
Gem Sciences Laboratory laser inscribing diamonds and at the Haifa Faisal
Collection of Saudi Arabian Traditional Arts as a cataloguer.
Jamie’s initial love of jewelry came from her mother, while
an affinity for science was inherited from her father, who was an Air Force
officer. Living overseas as a child, she experienced influential locales such
as the salt mines in Austria; traveling throughout the US, she also visited
places such as the petrified forest in Arizona and the diamond mine in
Arkansas. These adventures, along with her experiences working at the Haifa
Faisal Collection and the diamond lab, made her entry into jewelry auction
industry easy and appealing.
Holding a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, Jamie is a current GIA student and holds Diamonds and Colored Stone
Essentials Certificates. In addition, she is a member of the Women’s Jewelry
Association (WJA), Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts
(ASJRA), and National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). Her
personal collection jewelry collection includes a few hard-to-find silver
Tiffany pieces and smaller Edwardian rings, and she is always on the lookout
for an amazing silver artisan piece.
Consignment Director, Timepieces, Chicago
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Prior to joining Heritage Auctions as a Consignment Director
for Fine Timepieces in our Chicago office, Mike Schmidt caught the vintage
watch “bug” as a student in the early 1990s while breaking into the industry in
Los Angeles. He worked for over 11 years in sales with Wanna Buy A Watch?, a
Melrose Avenue institution dubbed “the horological epicenter of Los Angeles”
that specializes in high-grade vintage and collectible timepieces with a focus
on Rolex, Tudor, Patek, Cartier, and Omega, as well as a wide variety of
vintage diver and chronograph models. His clientele consisted primarily of a
mix of upscale international tourists, entertainment industry professionals and
Schmidt’s love affair with timepieces continued during a
sales stint with Reis Nichols dealing in fine jewelry, loose diamonds and
luxury watch sales. He then worked for over a decade as an independent estate
timepiece broker/specialist dealing both in wholesale and internet retail sales
of pre-owned and vintage luxury timepieces, before returning to manage Wanna
Buy A Watch? for five years.
In addition to management, sales and customer service,
Schmidt has also provided employee training, appraised and purchased estate
watches and jewelry, and created web listings on Wanna Buy a Watch’s website,
Chrono 24 and 1st Dibs. An active 15-year member of IWJG, he frequently attends
their trade shows to stay current on international markets and trends. He holds
a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), which fostered his
deep appreciation of the arts and design, as well as earning his Diamonds
Degree from GIA.
Trusts and Estates, Chicago
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Deborah Daly brings 35 years of experience in estate and
trust settlement. Her professional
experience consists of management of estate and trust settlement groups and
estate administration for corporate fiduciaries in Illinois, Florida, Arizona,
North Carolina and Wisconsin, eventually retiring from The Northern Trust
Company in Chicago. During her career in
estate settlement, Deborah developed an expertise with the distribution of
specialized tangible assets, including, fine art, collectibles, jewelry, luxury
clothing and accessories, musical instruments and an occasional yacht or
airplane. Deborah’s undergraduate education resulted in
earning a B.A. in Italian language and Literature, in which she is fluent, and
Art History; subsequently she graduated law school with a J.D. She
studied and lived in Pisa, Italy for 2 ½ years in college. Deborah is a member of the Illinois and
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Alexandra
attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, graduating with
Bachelor's degrees in both Art History and World Languages. While at SMU, she
lived in Paris, France and worked in the Département des Peintures at the Musée
du Louvre and in the Département de la Conservation at the Musée D’Orsay.
Alexandra began her tenure at Heritage Auctions in 2017 with roles in both
Business Development and Trusts & Estates. In March 2019, Alexandra became
the first Trusts & Estates Representative for the Midwest out of Heritage
Auctions’ Chicago office. Today, Alexandra is a member of the Chicago Estate
Planning Council, the Twin Cities Estate Planning Council, the Indianapolis Estate Planning Council, and is USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant. As Trusts & Estates Representative, she continues her work with Trusts &
Estates professionals to aid the auction, appraisal, and advisory service processes.
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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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.
Our Chicago estate appraisers work with beneficiaries, estate executors, financial advisors, and individuals to appraise antiques, art, and other collectibles, personal property, or the entire estate. Whether for bankruptcy, estate tax, insurance, estate planning, gift tax, or trusts, we first determine the proper estate appraisal service for you. Of course, free auction estimates are available when selling an item or collection. Which appraisal is right for you? Learn more about Estate Appraisal Services. Meet our Chicago estate appraisers.
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.