Last night the art market had its first major public test since the lockdown with a major ‘Evening auction’ session at Sotheby’s. This was certainly not a return to business as usual; viewing was by appointment, there were no glitzy receptions, and there was not even a saleroom filled with paddle-wielding bidders: instead, Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s European Chairman, stood on a rostrum in London for over four hours and conducted a livestream auction with staff manning phones in front of him, as well as in salerooms in New York and Hong Kong, and with clients also bidding directly online. It is often said that auctioneering is the second oldest profession; and while last night’s innovative event was a futuristic, slick-looking operation, the fundamentals were very much the same; supply, demand, a sense of occasion – and guarantees.
Vice President, Business Development
Based in Chicago, Lizzie represents Gurr Johns throughout the Midwest. She works closely with attorneys, private banks, wealth managers, insurance professionals, and private clients on the valuation of fine and decorative art, jewelry, watches, wine and other tangible personal property including general contents of an estate. She oversees appraisals for the purposes of estate planning and estate tax, charitable giving, family division, estate and insurance litigation, insurance coverage and claims, art leasing and using art as loan collateral. Lizzie also facilitates private sales on behalf of art collectors and fiduciaries.
Prior to joining Gurr Johns, Lizzie worked with architects on the facades of cultural institutions and landmark buildings including the Steppenwolf Theater and Willis Tower. Previously, she co-founded a digital media company to empower museums to expand their digital footprint while working with world-class institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to offset the expense of printed member communications through advertising partnerships. She has further experience in art advisory, gallery management, and curatorial roles.
Lizzie holds a BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the Arts Club of Chicago and the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.