The view of a live auction at Guernsey’s Auction house.

65 East 93rd Street
New York, New York 10128
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When Barbara Mintz and Arlan Ettinger opened Guernsey’s Auction House in 1975, they forged a new path in the auction world. Interested in establishing a space for a diverse array of valuable, idiosyncratic art and artifacts, they thrived through novel marketing techniques and a keen intuition. Mintz and Ettinger began with auctions of their passions, like Americana, 1950s sporting automobiles, and artwork from the WPA, and quickly expanded into even edgier genres—including Soviet Art during the Cold War and Cuban Cigars during the Cuba Embargo. Known for holding the largest auction in history and presenting some of the most famous names of the 20th Century, such as Elvis Presley and Muhammed Ali, Guernsey’s now provides expertise as a consultant to the International Revenue Service, the Federal Bankruptcy Court system, and more. They have also represented renown institutions like the Smithsonian Museum and the Henry Ford Museum, and raised funds for The Special Olympics, The American Cancer Society, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the T.J. Martell Foundation and UNICEF.


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