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David Norman

  • Vice Chairman, Sotheby’s Americas
    Chairman, Worldwide Impressionist & Modern Art
  • Tel: +1 212 606 7154
  • Fax: +1 212 606 7037

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  • Joined Sotheby’s in 1985
  • Oversaw sale of Pablo Picasso's Garçon à la pipe, which achieved $104.2 million
  • Has orchestrated major sales from leading museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, NY

David C. Norman joined Sotheby's in 1985 and today is one of the most experienced auction specialists in the global field of Impressionist & Modern Art.

Since Mr. Norman became Director of the New York Impressionist & Modern Art Department in 1999, Sotheby's has achieved $4.6 billion in sales. Perhaps the most often quoted specialist in the field today, Mr. Norman has organized major sales from the country's leading museums such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. He has overseen the sale of Sotheby's high-profile Impressionist & Modern Art collections including Property of the Greentree Foundation from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, which realized $209 million and achieved $104.2 million for Pablo Picasso's Garçon à la pipe - the first painting to break the mythical $100 million price barrier. In the early 1990s, Mr. Norman pioneered and co-directed Sotheby's sales of 20th-Century German Art, staging the first international auction in the newly unified city of Berlin and contributing to the great growth of that market over the past 20 years.

He is a trusted advisor to many of the world's most active collectors in this category, particularly American collectors who have entered the market within the past two decades and are the driving force behind many auction records. Recently, Mr. Norman has been advising the most exciting new generation of art buyers from China, Asia and the Middle East, and in 2010 curated a Private Selling exhibition which was held in Beijing and garnered a great deal of publicity throughout the major Chinese news outlets.