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Deborah Solon and Alissa Ford Join Heritage Auctions' Fine Arts Department

Announcing two expert specialists on the West Coast, Heritage brings further expertise to its American and California Art categories

Heritage Auctions has greatly bolstered its expertise in American and California Art by adding two well respected authorities in the field, Deborah Solon and Alissa Ford. Solon will be Heritage’s West Coast Director of American Art, while Ford will act as the company’s Director of California Art.

“With these two significant staff additions Heritage has confirmed its dedication to becoming a major entity in the art business,” said Ed Beardsley, Heritage’s Vice President of Fine Arts. “Deborah and Alissa are both tops in their respective fields of expertise and encyclopedic in their knowledge.”

Solon will be working out of Heritage’s Beverly Hills offices, while Ford will be stationed in the company’s recently opened San Francisco offices.

Deborah Solon is a renowned scholar, curator and educator, with an impressive pedigree in American Art and a career that has included positions with leading Art Museums, auction houses and galleries.   She holds a PhD in Art History with a curatorial and scholastic focus on the work of the American Impressionists. She will be assisting clients with valuation, consignments and sales throughout the Western United States.

“It’s a privilege to be the new director of American paintings on the West Coast for Heritage,” said Solon. “The goal is to provide Heritage clients with the finest service and to grow the department. I look forward to introducing Heritage to collectors who haven’t had the opportunity to work with us. This is an exciting step forward and I’m delighted to become a member of this excellent team of specialists.”

Alissa Ford is a welcome West Coast addition, further empowering Heritage’s presence in the California art world. She has previously worked in Director and Specialist positions with Josh Hardy Galleries and Bonhams & Butterfields. Alissa is highly regarded nationwide as a knowledgeable art professional amongst dealers, curators, collectors, auction houses, designers, advisers and appraisers.

“It’s an exciting time to join the Heritage team as the Director of California Paintings,” said Ford. “We’ve seen a tremendous amount of excitement as we enter this niche. As the interest in California paintings continues to rise I look forward to providing high quality works to collectors nationwide. From the serene palettes of the Tonalists to the vibrant brushwork of the Impressionists, we’ll offer a select grouping of paintings that will represent the great masters of early California Fine Art.”

Heritage holds auctions throughout the year many dedicated to the specific passions of regionally specific collectors, including Texas Art, Art of the American West and American Art, which has routinely featured a section of works by notable California artists. The next series of Art auctions will be held in early November followed by the inaugural auction of California Art to be held in Beverly Hills in spring, 2012.

Heritage Auctions

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+ 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

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