Helena Newman

  • Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe
    Worldwide Head of Department
    Impressionist and Modern Art
  • Tel: +44 20 7293 5397
  • Fax: +44 20 7293 5932
  • helena.newman@sothebys.com

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  •  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 
  •  Playes key role in bringing major collections and masterpieces to the auction market
  • Took the highest value sale ever held in London which totalled £213.9 million in March 2017

Helena Newman is the chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and co-head of Impressionist & Modern Art Worldwide. As auctioneer she recently took the highest value sale ever held in London which totalled £213.9 million in March 2017.

Since joining Sotheby’s in 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. 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.

Videos featuring Helena Newman
Three Masters | Three Muses
Strong Prices for Modern Masterworks
Masterworks by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Rodin in London
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 'La Clownesse Cha-U-Kao,' 1895
Paul Signac, ‘Clipper,' 1887
Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Suprematism, 18th Construction’
Gustav Klimt’s ‘Bildnis Gertrud Loew (Gertha Felsőványi)’