AmericanArt Mitchell BIO

Elizabeth Goldberg



  • Joined Sotheby’s in 1998
  • Instrumental in the sales of important collections, including those of The New York Public Library and the Seattle Art Museum
  • Began her career in the registrar’s office at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Elizabeth Goldberg assumed the role of Head of American Art in 2012 after spending five years as the Senior Specialist in the American Paintings department, and six years as a Senior Vice President in the Impressionist & Modern Art department.

Under her leadership, Sotheby’s May 2012 sale of American Art achieved $34.8 million, the highest sale total since May 2008, and the first price over $10 million since 2008 for Edward Hopper’s Bridle Path.

Ms. Goldberg has been involved in the sale of important collections including The New York Public Library, The Seattle Art Museum, The Israel Museum, the Estate of Catherine Gamble Curran, the record-breaking price for Winslow Homer’s watercolor The Red Canoe, and the Rita and Daniel Fraad Collection, the highest total for a single-owner sale of American Paintings.

Before joining Sotheby’s, Ms. Goldberg was the Director of the American Paintings department at Christie’s in Los Angeles, where she orchestrated Christie’s inaugural and highly successful sale of California, Western and American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. She is a close advisor to several collectors and is well positioned to personally promote works on both sides of the country.

Ms. Goldberg began her career at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Tufts University and a Master of Arts degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.