Catherine Foster Ellison

  • Vice President, Head of Valuations
New York


Catherine Foster Ellison is Vice President, Head of Valuations at Sotheby’s. In her role, Catherine leads complex valuation projects prepared for estate tax and planning, charitable contribution, gift tax, collateral loan, collection management and insurance purposes. She is also responsible for the department’s strategic approach to valuations, focusing on business development opportunities and enhancement of the client experience.

She joined Sotheby’s in 2014 as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Account Manager in Valuations. She has over ten years of experience in the art world at two global auction houses and a prominent New York art gallery. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Catherine was an Associate Vice President, Specialist and Head of Sale in the American Art department at Christie’s where she conducted appraisals for several important collections.

Catherine holds her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from Middlebury College and has successfully completed the coursework and examination in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

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