Tiffany Dubin is currently preparing Sotheby’s gateway auction into a new category: “Art as Jewelry as Art,” scheduled to launch on 24 September 2022.
Many masters of modernism from the Bauhaus, Surrealist, Cubist, and Contemporary eras experimented with their art as miniature, wearable sculptures. To them, this was the ultimate challenge; works needed to be strong enough to make a statement on their small scale and stay true to the artist’s intention in whatever context they were worn. Wearing this art is like wearing an artist’s signature. The interaction between collector and artist is personal, and the collector becomes a living canvas that magnifies and reframes the meaning of the work.
Tiffany specializes in creating new markets. She was the Founder and Director of Sotheby’s Fashion department, selling everything from haute couture dresses to Tom Sach’s Paper Kelly Bag. She was the first at Sotheby’s to develop partnerships with luxury brands such as Chanel, Bombay Sapphire, Chopard, and Cartier. With nearly two decades of experience selling, appraising, and cataloging art, jewelry, and fashion, she has been involved in the sale of numerous prestigious collections, including the Zilkha Collection, Property from the Goldwyn Collection, The Scaasi Couture Collection, To Have and To Hold, Handbags and Pulp Fashion. According to one fashion correspondent, “What she has done is make the buying, selling and collecting vintage clothing from an obsessive, arcane club into the wider public arena” (Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair).
Tiffany graduated from Georgetown with a BFA in International Relations and studied Appraising Fine & Decorative Arts at NYU. Tiffany began her career as an associate curator for the US State Department’s Art in Embassy Program, after which she joined Sotheby’s as a Client Advisor. She then left Sotheby’s to launch her business, Tiffany Dubin’s Lair, at Henri Bendel Department Store in New York City. She rejoined Sotheby’s Private Client Group as a Business Development Director before becoming a Senior Business Development Executive offering personalized services to high net worth and VIP clients. Tiffany is additionally a USPAP Compliant Appraiser, speaks fluent French, co-authored the book Vintage Style (Harper Collins, 2000), and can be followed on Instagram at @tiffanydubin.