Molly Ott Ambler

Executive Vice President & Director of Advisory, Americas

New York

+1 (212) 486-7373

Molly Ott Ambler handles important artworks for sale on behalf of both sellers and buyers, ensuring consignors achieve the best possible financial return on works from their collections, and buyers feel confident in the prices paid.

Molly began her career in the art world at Sotheby’s in 1996, and was a specialist in every Fine Art Department of the 19th and 20th Centuries during her 21 year tenure there.  Her longest post was as a Senior International Specialist and Senior Vice President in the Impressionist & Modern Art Department, from 2006-2018. She was Head of the Day Sales for 7 years, leading that team to market dominance every year, while also winning consignments and advising buyers for the Evening Sales. She transitioned to the Evening Sale team as a Senior Specialist in 2016.

She was responsible for advising collectors and institutions, providing valuations and securing paintings, drawings and sculpture for auctions and private sales in New York, London and Paris.  Molly acted as a central point of contact for important sales including the collections of Mamdouha & Elmer Bobst, Ambassador John L. Loeb, Wolfgang Joop, and Grace Hokin, as well.  Molly facilitated the consignment of the first 1960s Pablo Picasso to break the $20M mark, Picasso’s powerful L’Aubade which sold for $23,000,000.

Molly has served as specialist for numerous fine art collections, advising buyers in such sales as The Bill Blass Collection, The Estate of Stanley Marcus, the Estate of Katharine Hepburn and The Gianni Versace Collection.

She has worked with buyers across many fields and with museums on a regular basis. She has lectured internationally on Modern Art and the art market. Ms. Ott Ambler attended Wellesley College where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Her appraisals are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).