Sarah R. Nelson is an independent art consultant specializing in European and American art of the 20th Century. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the field, having most recently served as Bonhams San Francisco Director for Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior, Sarah worked in London at Sotheby’s as a Specialist in Contemporary Art for five years. She began her career in the Impressionist & Modern Art department at Christie’s New York.
Sarah advises collectors on new acquisitions, collection management, museum loans and deaccessions. She provides appraisal services for both private and corporate collections for insurance, fair market value and estate purposes. An expert in buying and selling at auction, Sarah offers independent advice governed by strategy, transparency and discretion.
Working in New York, London and most recently on the West coast, Sarah is an active participant in the contemporary art market and has been involved in historic landmark auctions such as Damien Hirst’s Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, the (RED) charity auction and the Estate of Lauren Bacall. Sarah has been recognized internationally for securing museum loans, including mention in the exhibition catalogue Picasso et les femmes at Chemnitz, Germany. Additionally, she collaborated with a five star international hotel group where she valued art collections for sixteen properties.
Originally from the Boston area, Sarah holds an MA in The History of Art from Richmond University, London, and a BA in Art History and French from Rollins College. She studied 20th Century European Art History at The American University of Paris and has studied International Marketing in context of the art world at Harvard University. She is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and USPAP (The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) certified. She serves on San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Modern Art Council and is a member of the Northern California chapter of ArtTable and Artadia. Sarah holds both United States and Australian citizenship.