- Joined Sotheby's in 2006
- Previously worked at the State Hermitage Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim Museum
- Proficient in Russian
- Has degrees in Fine Arts and Russian Studies from Amherst College
- Studied Russian cultural history in St Petersburg
Scott Niichel joined Sotheby’s in 2006 and the Impressionist & Modern Art department in 2012, following more than 5 years as a specialist in Sotheby’s Russian Art department. He works to coordinate consignments and appraisals for new and established clients in addition to assisting in the development of their collections. He also plays a central role in research and catalogue production for Impressionist & Modern Art Day sales.
During his time at Sotheby’s, Mr. Niichel has been instrumental in the sale of works from many important private collections, including the Schreiber collection of Russian art, the Pereman collection of Ukrainian avant-garde art and the Ruth Ford & Charles Henri Ford collection of works by Pavel Tchelitchew, as well as from major public institutions including the Berkshire Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Among his career highlights was the record-breaking sale of Mikhail Nesterov's Vision of St. Sergius, When a Child, which achieved $4,296,000 in 2007 and remains one of the most expensive Russian paintings ever sold at auction in the United States.
Mr. Niichel previously held positions at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. He wrote catalogue entries and managed catalogue production within the curatorial department for the blockbuster exhibition RUSSIA! which opened in 2005 at the Guggenheim and later toured Europe. He received degrees in Fine Arts and Russian Studies from Amherst College where he focused on Western European Modern art and its influence on the Russian avant-garde. Proficient in Russian, he also studied Russian cultural history at the State Russian Herzen Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg.