- Joined Sotheby’s in 1988
- Responsible for leading the Impressionist & Modern Art business for Sotheby’s Europe
- Head of Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art London
- Played key role in bringing major collections and masterpieces to the auction market
Since joining Sotheby’s 1988 Helena Newman has been at the forefront of the development of the Impressionist & Modern Art market, building extensive contacts with a wide range of international collectors and institutions. She has also been instrumental in developing the international market for German & Austrian Art.
Ms Newman plays a key role in the successful outcomes of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art auctions. The February 2010 sale was the most successful ever held in Europe. The auction realized £164.4 million ($263.6 million) and was highlighted by Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme qui marche I, which achieved the highest price for any work at auction at the time of sale when it sold for £65 million ($104.3 million). More recently, Ms Newman was integral to the success of Looking Closely: A Private Collection, which entered the rarified group of ‘white glove’ sales when it was 100% sold at Sotheby’s London in February 2011. The sale totaled £93.5 million, more than double its low estimate. She was also a key player in bringing Häuser mit bunter Wäsche (Vorstadt II), the record-breaking Egon Schiele oil, to auction in London where it sold for £24.68 million ($40.1 million) in June 2011 and subsequently Schiele’s Liebespaar (Selbstdarstellung mit Wally) achieved £7.88 million ($12.4 million) in February 2013, a record for a work on paper by the artist, both of which were consigned by Leopold Museum, Vienna.