Sotheby’s groundbreaking charity auction First Editions, Second Thoughts saw a first edition of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone take the top spot and set a new auction record for the writer.
Heritage Auctions is the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer and the world’s third largest auction house. Heritage Auctions has over 700,000 registered online bidder-members and annual sales of over $800 million1.
Heritage Auctions was established in 1976 by Steve Ivy and Jim Halperin.
Steve Ivy started his own business, advertising rare coins for sale in national publications, in 1964 when he was just 14. Six years later, he opened his business in Dallas, Texas.
In 1976, Ivy incorporated a sister auction company with his business and served as chief buyer.
Jim Halperin also started in business at a young age. Halperin formed a part-time rare stamp and coin business when he was just 16, the same year he received an early acceptance to Harvard College. Jim focused more on his coin business than his studies so decided to take a permanent leave of absence in his third semester, to focus more on his coin business.
In 1982, Ivy and Halperin merged their companies to form Heritage Auctions.
In 1987, Greg Rohan joined Heritage as executive vice president. Today he is both a partner and President of Heritage working primarily on overseeing the firm’s private client group and working with top collectors in each field that Heritage is active in.
Since the formation of Heritage, Jim Halperin has written several books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Steve Ivy currently sits on the Board of the National Centre for Policy Analysis, a non-profit public policy research organization.
Heritage was established in Dallas, Texas which is still where the head office is based.
Heritage has US offices in New York, NY and Beverley Hills, CA.
Heritage also has European offices in Holland, Germany, Switzerland and France.
For a complete list of departments see main article: List of Heritage Auction Galleries Departments
Notable sales of 2011
Main article: Heritage Auctions Biggest sales of 2011
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