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Gabriela Palmieri

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  • Joined Sotheby’s in 2000
  • Former Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day sales
  • Responsible for prestigious Ahead of the Curve: The Sender Collection sale which sold in excess of $58,000,000

Gabriela Palmieri joined Sotheby’s in 2000. Over the course of her career, Gabriela has held several distinguished positions, including Head of both Contemporary Art Day and Evening auctions. Under her direction between 2007-2010 Sotheby's Day sales achieved in excess of $408 million; with the Spring 2008 Day auction realizing $107.8 million, a record total for and auction house Day sale at the time.

While Head of the Evening sales from 2010-2012; she oversaw the successful selling strategies implemented for The Collection of Neuberger Berman in 2010, The Collection of Allan Stone, Vols. I-III and Abstraction-Figuration in 2011. In 2012, she was critical in securing the consignment of Roy Lichtenstein's Sleeping Girl, from the Collection of Phil and Bea Gersh, which sold for $48.9 million, an auction record for the artist at the time of the sale.
She is presently the Chairman of Contemporary Art, Americas, where she is responsible for managing key client relationships and driving both auction and private sales for Contemporary Art in both North and South America.

Ms. Palmieri plays a vital role with business development in Latin America. In this capacity she has leveraged key global relationships to bring exhibitions to the significant collecting base in Mexico, including cultivating the relationship between the Calder Foundation and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City in order to bring Calder: Derechos de la Danza, the largest exhibition of the artist's work in Latin America since 1967 and most recently Anish Kapoor to the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo.

In 2014 Ms. Palmieri secured the prestigious Ahead of the Curve: The Sender Collection
a triumphant series of auctions from this renowned collection of Contemporary Art held in 2014 and 2015, which have achieved $85.8 million to date - equivalent to 173% to the low estimate.

Ms. Palmieri is an auctioneer for the organization taking both Contemporary and Latin American sales, in addition to various charity and benefit auctions in the U.S. and abroad.
Prior to joining Sotheby's, Ms. Palmieri received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History cum laude from Boston College. She earned a Master of Arts degree in the same subject and advanced to PhD standing at the University of Chicago, where she was a Presidential Trustee Fellow in 1999. 

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