Helena Newman is the Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Worldwide Head of Impressionist & Modern Art. 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.