Quig Bruning

  • Senior Vice President | Head of Jewelry, Americas & EMEA
New York

Quig Bruning joined Sotheby’s in 2010 as the Administrator for the Jewelry Department in New York. Today, he serves as a Senior Vice President and the Head of the Jewelry Department for the Americas. In that role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department in New York, in addition to being responsible for business getting, appraisals and client development for jewelry sales globally.

In his 10 years at Sotheby’s, Mr. Bruning has been based in Paris, London and Los Angeles, in addition to his time in the New York headquarters. With that international experience, he has worked closely on sales across the globe. Highlights include the Collection of Dimtri Mavrommatis in Geneva, and the Collections of Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman. He was instrumental in winning the closely watched sale of the collection of Barbara and Frank Sinatra.

In addition to his duties in the Jewelry Department, Mr. Bruning is a seasoned auctioneer and has conducted sales in London, Geneva and New York. He frequently leads charity auctions, for organizations as diverse as The Kansas City Institute of Art and Hilarity for Charity, raising millions of dollars for causes around the world. He has been widely interviewed and featured across various media channels, appearing in publications such as Forbes, Rapaport Magazine and The New York Post. He has lectured and spoken at numerous events around the world, and has been interviewed by regional and national television programs.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Bruning graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Romance Languages and Medieval and Renaissance Studies and speaks French, Spanish and Italian. He continued his studies at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where he received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Art Business. He is a USPAP Compliant Appraiser.

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