Mari-Claudia Jiménez joined Sotheby’s in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Managing Director of the Fiduciary Client Group and Valuations and became Chairman in 2018.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Mari-Claudia was a Partner at Herrick Feinstein LLP, which has one of the world’s most prominent art and cultural property law practices. Throughout her career, she has been involved in an impressive number of major acquisitions, consignments and cases, working with a wide range of clients including prominent museums, galleries, trusts, estates, top collectors and auction houses. In addition to being an integral member of the Art Law Group, Mari-Claudia has also played an important role in domestic and international claims; she had particularly noteworthy success in cases relating to the restitution of art looted in Europe and in Cuba, to which she maintains a strong connection through her Cuban-Spanish heritage.
In 2006, Mari-Claudia represented The Neue Galerie in its acquisition of Gustav Klimt’s Adele Block-Bauer I, at the time, the most expensive painting ever sold and one of the artist’s greatest achievements. The work is now a crown jewel of the museum’s collection. Working on behalf of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich, she successfully represented the heirs on the restitution and subsequent sales of five paintings by the artist that included Suprematist Composition, which set an auction for Malevich when it sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2008 for $60 million. In 2010, Mari-Claudia acted for the Estate of Mrs. Sidney F. Brody, playing an integral role in the successful sale of her collection at Christie’s New York. The estate included hundreds of items across multiple categories and was led by Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a then-record price for any work of art at auction.
Mari-Claudia received her JD from Fordham University Law School and an MA from Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to attending law and graduate school, Mari-Claudia studied Art History at Williams College, and continues to support her alma mater as a board member of the Williams College Museum of Art Visiting Committee.