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.
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.
Collecting has always been in
Tom Slater’s blood. At the age of six he began with sea shells, and soon
graduated to coins, the “gateway drug” to so many other fields of collecting.
By the age of ten, Tom’s Dad would drop him off at coin shows within driving
range, picking him up at the end of the day. All the dealers knew Tom, and they
would give him coins to shop around the floor with the hope of making a small
commission. Usually he was able to make $50 to $100, no small sum in the early
1960s, which of course was promptly invested in his collection.
When Tom was 12 he rented space
in his barber’s shop and set up a display case, selling coins on weekends.
A year later he formed a partnership with one of his customers, and the
pair opened their own coin shop. When Tom eventually left for college his
partner continued to operate the shop for some 20 years.
But the turning point in Tom’s
collecting journey came when as a high school student he by chance discovered
the then-infant hobby of political campaign collectibles. An avid reader of
anything to do with U.S. history, especially that of the presidents, he was
instantly hooked! Tom published his first political memorabilia sales
list at age 19, and founded a major mail order auction at 25.
Somehow he managed to find time
to graduate from Yale with honors, and brief experiments with law school and a
corporate sales position were but minor detours. In 1976 he became a full-time
dealer and auctioneer, and maintained a robust business in political and other
collectors’ items until his company, Slater’s Americana, was absorbed by
Heritage in 2004. Since that time Tom has served as Director of Americana
auctions and Senior Historical Specialist for Heritage Auctions.
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.
Don worked as an antique dealer in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the late 1970s and issued mail auction catalogs of Americana in the late 1990s. He was a founder and president of The Association for the Preservation of Political Americana which operated for close to ten years and has maintained continuous membership in the American Political Items Collectors since 1964. In 1995, he helped found “The Rail Splitter”, a hobbyist organization for Lincoln collectors which issues quarterly journals and periodic auctions. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief. He has written dozens of articles on American political history and collectibles which have appeared in a variety of publications. He helped organize three public exhibits: the Dr. John Lattimer Collection at the Metropolitan Book Exchange 1995, Grant memorabilia at the Re-Dedication of Grant’s Tomb 1997, and the bicentennial “Abraham Lincoln in New York” at Federal Hall.
Marsha Dixey has worked in the Americana collectibles business for almost 30 years and is a widely acknowledged expert generalist, handling most anything falling under the "Americana" genre. Her interest in American social history has made her an expert in Woman's Suffrage items and African-Americana. She has dealt in premium antique advertising for years, was elected to serve two years on the Board of Directors for the Antiques Advertising Association of America.
Jenny Milani is
the Assistant Director of the Nature and Science department. She has an Honors
Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at
Arlington. She then went on to receive a Master in Archaeology degree from
Flinders University in South Australia. After her master’s degree, she received
real life experience while serving two years in the United States Peace Corps
as an environment volunteer in Jamaica.