New York, Rockefeller Center
Laura Paulson is Chairman, Americas at Christie's and a Senior International Director in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department. Laura is not only instrumental in guiding Christie’s global sale strategies for Post-War and Contemporary Art but also driving the company’s success across numerous departments including Impressionist and Modern Art, Old Masters, American Paintings, and Decorative Arts to name a few. In addition, Laura has long-term relationships with museums and institutions worldwide and continues to cultivate and support partnerships for their curatorial and development projects. Laura also devotes a significant amount of her expertise for appraisals and evaluations for both private collections and institutions. At Christie’s she also works closely with the Cultural and Social Responsibility group to extend support and funding for arts education, and domestic and global environmental and social issues.
Laura joined Christie’s in 1989 and has been instrumental in securing many notable and important consignments from both collectors, artists, and institutions including work from the Collection of Virginia Dwan and the Estate of Lawrence Alloway, The Collection of Henry Geldzahler, the legendary sale of the Collection of Victor and Sally Ganz, Contemporary Art from the Herbig Collection, and in 2004, an important group of works from a New York Private Collection, which included Andy Warhol’s rare and powerful Mustard Race Riot, 1963, selling for $15,127,500. In 2005, Laura was responsible for the $44.5 million Post-War and Contemporary Art sale benefitting the Jewish Communal Fund, and The Collection of Edward R. Broida totaling $45 million and assisted with the donation of many works from the Edward R. Broida Collection to the Museum of Modern Art. In the subsequent years, Laura secured the Estate of Lee V. Eastman, Selections from The Allan Stone Collection, the estate and collection of Los Angeles art collector and philanthropist Betty Freeman, the Estate of Merce Cunningham, Works from the Collection of Michael Crichton, the Estate of Max Palevsky, The Estate of Robert Shapazian, The Estate of Phyllis and Walter Shorenstein, Estate of Evelyn D. Haas Collection, Estate of Leo Steinberg, and The Schulhof Collection.
In May 2012, Laura’s 30 year relationship with the collector and philanthropist David N. Pincus culminated in securing the most important and comprehensive collection of Abstract Expressionism ever to appear in public: Property from the Pincus Collection, which sold for $174.9 million became the highest total for any private collection in the category. The auction also set a new world record for a single work by a Post-War and Contemporary artist with the sale of Mark Rothko’s masterpiece Orange, Red, Yellow for $86.9 million from an estimate of $35-40 million.
Over the past 25 years, Laura has built her career on establishing longstanding relationships with clients helping them preserve their and their family’s art legacies.