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Historical Collectible Consignment Directors

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Curtis Lindner
Director, Americana
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1352
Specialties: Americana, Civil War & Militaria, Manuscripts, Political Memorabilia, Space
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Collecting has always been in Curtis Lindner’s blood, likely passed down from his mother. On family trips to Maine, he always migrated to old book shops, antique stores, and consignment shops seeking out books, stamps, coins, and eventually, political campaign material. His collecting continued through college and into his corporate career where he held positions in marketing and sales management. He attended shows throughout the east coast as a part time dealer and took the “leap” in 2000, becoming a full time Americana dealer. Besides cultivating a large collector-client base, he also worked with several institutions, including the Houghton Library at Harvard University and the John Hay Library at Brown University, assisting in growing their Abraham Lincoln collections. Curtis has been a member of the APIC (American Political Items Collectors) for 32 years and assisted in two public exhibits including the Dr. John Lattimer Collection at the Metropolitan Book Exchange in 1995, and the bicentennial “Abraham Lincoln in New York” at Federal Hall in 2009. He also displayed a portion of his Ulysses S. Grant collection at the re-dedication of Grant’s Tomb in 1997. Curtis has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Americana, Political Memorabilia, and Civil War. As someone who is always up for a challenge, he was approached by Tom Slater to replace him as Director of the Americana Department upon Tom’s semi-retirement. After meeting with management, he felt it was a good fit and joined Heritage Auctions in July 2019.

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Joe Maddalena
Executive Vice President, Heritage Capital Corporation
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1511
Specialties: Americana, Autographs, Comics & Comic Art, Entertainment Memorabilia, Historical Photography, Movie Posters, Music Memorabilia, Nature & Science
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Joseph “Joe” Maddalena joined Heritage Auctions as Executive Vice President in January 2021 following an unparalleled 35-year track record of success as the founder of Profiles in History, which he built into the world’s largest auctioneer of coveted Hollywood memorabilia and popular culture keepsakes.  Some of the iconic items he brought to market included Luke Skywalker’s light saber, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Indiana Jones’ whip and Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider chopper, along with the 2011 Debbie Reynolds auction that was highlighted by Marilyn Monroe’s Seven Year Itch “subway dress” realizing $5.52 million.  

Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joe learned early on how to turn his passion for collecting historical autographs into a career.  Upon graduation from Pepperdine, he made the decision to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985.  Profiles in History now owns virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Joe is a lifetime member of the Manuscript Society and is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents.  In addition, he starred for three seasons in Syfy’s Hollywood Treasure, which gave viewers an inside look at the world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.  

Joe brings deep and long-lasting relationships with major collectors in a myriad fields, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of multiple categories such as nature and science, rare books and wine. His years of experience in these numerous categories and expansive role at Heritage will allow him to serve clients far more efficiently and effectively than ever.

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Sandra Palomino
Director, Historical Manuscripts
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1107
Specialties: Civil War & Militaria, Historical Autographs, Manuscripts, Texana
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Sandra Palomino has more than twenty years of experience working with historical manuscripts, autographs, and rare books both via private treaty sales and auction. She joined Heritage in 2006 and during her tenure has brought to market such important collectibles as the last paragraph of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address and Francis Crick’s Nobel Medal and diploma. She has also had the honor of working with the papers of Benjamin Harrison (a large archive that descended through the family of his second wife that was placed with an institution), and the papers of Maude Ballou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first secretary. Her course of study at Yale focused on 18th and 19th Century American History. Her professional experience also includes direct marketing and public relations with such noted companies as Rapp Collins and Donnelly Marketing.

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James Gannon
Director of Rare Books
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1609
Specialties: Rare Books
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James Gannon received his degree from the University of California at San Diego, and subsequently worked in the entertainment industry before finding his life's work in the world of books. The majority of Gannon's 26 years of experience in the rare book trade was gained through his association with Heritage Book Shop in Los Angeles. He has a special interest in travels and voyages, color-plate books, early printed books, and fine printing, but he has handled and cataloged volumes of all types. 

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Delia E. Sullivan
Senior Specialist, Consignment Director, Ethnographic Art
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1343
Specialties: American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Tribal Art
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While pursuing a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, Delia E. Sullivan studied Primitive Art with Ted Carpenter and Shamanism with Michael Harner. She worked for 14 years at Christie's in New York City, seven of which were spent as head of the American Indian Art Department. From 2000 through 2007, Delia managed two auctions a year in that capacity, during which she significantly raised the profitability and reputation of her department.

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David Carde
Consignment Director, Arms & Armor
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1881
Specialties: Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria, Firearms
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A native of Puerto Rico, David moved to Chicago in 1993 to attend Prairie State College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1998, to continue his studies he moved to San Francisco, where he decided to apply for a summer Firearms position with Butterfield and Butterfield Auctions, and he has remained in the auction business in San Francisco ever since. Since then, he has developed broad general knowledge of firearms, with specialties in early Spanish Miquelet firearms and other Latin America-related collectibles. David became a founding member of our San Francisco office and our Arms and Armor Department when Heritage acquired his employer’s auction company in 2011. He also travels extensively, representing Heritage at numerous gun shows throughout the country, and regularly appears as an expert-appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.

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Craig Kissick
Director, Nature & Science
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Specialties: Nature & Science
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Craig C. Kissick began his lifelong love affair with Natural History when he was given a Fluorite specimen, and book about minerals, at the age of nine. After studying business at The University of Texas at Austin, working in the financial industry, and then obtaining his graduate degree from SMU, he went to work for The Discovery Store where his passion for the geological sciences was ignited. He later operated his own company specializing in marketing decorative mineral and fossil specimens to architectural firms as well as interior designers and individual collectors. Kissick was a member of the Retail Advisory Board for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and is an active member of the Dallas Paleontological Society. He is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) and is currently serving as the President. Kissick joined Heritage nearly 10 years ago and has served as Director of Nature and Science for America’s Auction House for the past five years helping to lead and expand the category for the company. He has written numerous articles for various publications and often lectures to groups related to natural history, appraisals, and education. Kissick is often interviewed about the marketplace.

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Brian Chanes
Senior Director, Hollywood and Entertainment, Beverly Hills
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1338
Specialties: Autographs, Entertainment Memorabilia, Historical Photography, Movie Posters, Music Memorabilia
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Educated in finance and at the University of Oklahoma, Brian always had a passion for film, and shortly after relocating to California, he embarked on a 30-year career dealing in entertainment memorabilia and historical autographs working for Joe Maddalena at Profiles in History. During that time period, Brian handled many of the world’s most iconic props, costumes and related memorabilia consigned by private collectors, film studios and institutions spanning the globe. Brian joined the Heritage team in early 2021 and aspires to bring the finest available artifacts to market.

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Jenny Milani
Associate Director, Nature & Science
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1617
Specialties: Nature & Science
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Jenny Milani joined Heritage Auctions in 2013. She is currently the Associate Director of Nature and Science, which is an all-encompassing role. She received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington, then went on to receive a Master of Archaeology degree from Flinders University in South Australia. Both degrees aroused her love for science, and, in particular, geology. Her master’s thesis focused on Indigenous Rock Art and Geophysics. After attaining her master’s degree, she joined the United States Peace Corps and served two successful years as an environmental volunteer, working closely with the farmers in Jamaica. During her more than 7 years’ experience at Heritage, she has broadened a knowledge of what collectors covet in the fascinating field of Natural History. Jenny is a current member of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS) and will often work with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on special projects. Additionally, she is pursuing her Graduate Colored Stones certification through the GIA. Jenny is dedicated to furthering the success of this unique category at Heritage Auctions and in helping it to reach new heights in growth and sales. 

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Louis Weinstein
Vice President, Rare Books
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1-877-HERITAGE (877-437-4824)   Ext.1510
Specialties: Rare Books
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