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Helen Papoulias

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  • Joined Sotheby's in 1992
  • Specialist in broad range of art with focus on American Paintings
  • Previously worked in American Paintings at Christie's
  • Earned Master's degree from Columbia University

Helen Papoulias is the sale director for the two American art sales each year produced by the Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture department.  She is responsible for obtaining and evaluating property for sale, as well as for supervising all aspects of the auction process--cataloguing, research, condition assessment, catalogue production and client outreach. She joined Sotheby’s in 1992 as a specialist in the Sotheby’s Arcade where she catalogued Old Master Paintings, 19th Century European Art, Impressionist and Modern Art, in addition to American art, which has remained her lifelong interest.  Her deep and broad knowledge of both the history of and the market for American art is now an important resource for her clients and colleagues alike.

She has participated in many well-known single-owner sales during her time at Sotheby’s, among them, that of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Estate of Allen Ginsburg, the Graham Arader sale and more recently, the Collection of Peter B. Lewis and the Collection of Robert Pirie.

Ms. Papoulias holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York, University and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.