Heritage Auction Galleries has announced the appointment of Ed Jaster to Senior Vice President. He will be transferring to the company’s soon-to-be-opened Manhattan gallery.
“Since Ed came to Heritage in 2002 his vast expertise in collectibles and Fine Art, his marketing skills and his reputation for honesty, has meant a tremendous amount to Heritage,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auction Galleries. “Ed has been instrumental in bringing some of Heritage’s biggest collections to auction in his eight year tenure here, and with the opening of our new Park Avenue street-level location, we’re very much looking forward to having him apply his considerable talents to the New York City market.”
In Jaster’s time as Vice President at Heritage he has been a key to the significant growth of the American Paintings, Illustration Art and many Collectibles departments, with all having seen yearly jumps in sales that amount to tens of millions of dollars. His recent stewardship at Heritage has included helping to build the Vintage & Contemporary Photography department.
“I can’t wait to get to New York City and help introduce more New Yorkers to Heritage,” said Jaster. “We’re going to become a local presence in what is, clearly, the most vibrant collector market in this nation, if not the world.”
Among the many collections and collectibles Jaster has helped bring to market in his time at Heritage, a few of the standouts include the Charles Martignette Estate of Illustration Art, the most exciting collection of its kind ever offered publicly – which has already brought more than $10 million with well over half the collection still to come; The Estate of the Hon. Paul Buchanan, Jr, which featured one of the finest collections of American Paintings Heritage has ever offered, and most recently, a 8.0 Detective Comics #27, which became the most expensive comic book ever offered at public auction when it brought $1.07 million last February.
From the beginning Jaster seemed destined for the art business. His parents met the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1940s, the same school he would later attend. Subsequently, for more than 20 years, Ed owned his own commercial art firm in Chicago, acquiring, trading, and selling world class collections of American photography, illustration art, and vintage comic books, where he built his vast experience and expertise.
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.