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Opened in 2017, Heritage Auctions' United Kingdom office is located in Shepherd Market, tucked away in the heart of London's Mayfair district.
The office serves as a convenient point of contact for clients throughout the United Kingdom, as well as visitors to London from elsewhere.
It displays highlights from Heritage’s various categories and assists bidders and consignors from around the world. Please contact the office for an auction evaluation or
to discuss how Heritage can help further your collection.
Consignments and Operations Manager
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Sara Balbi has a great passion for the Arts and Culture. From Italy, she has a strong background in Art History, with a particular interest in Contemporary Art and Creative Digital Marketing. Sara holds a MA Degree with Merit in Visual Arts Management and Curating at Richmond, The American International University in London and has previously graduated in Art History and Cultural Heritage at Universita' Statale di Milano.
Her working experience includes several art organizations in both Milan and London, including ‘La Triennale’ Design and Art Museum, and ‘LAPADA, the Art and Antiques Fair’. Sara is the first point of contact at the London office and always strives to inform, help and solve any issue with a smile and impeccable customer service.
Chris began working at Heritage Auctions in 2000 after serving as a professional grader with Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC) in New Jersey. He was the driving force behind the inception of the Sports auction division in 2003 and under his management Heritage Sports has grown significantly each year to become the largest sports auction house in the world with over $50 million in annual sales.
Chris has orchestrated the auction of some of the most important athlete collections in the industry including The Lou Gehrig Collection, The Walter Johnson Collection, The Jim Thorpe Collection, The James Naismith Collection, The Mike Eruzione Collection, The Sam Snead Collection, The Stan Musial Collection, and The Brooks Robinson Collection.
In 2012, he supervised the marketing and sale of the most significant baseball card find in the history of sportscard collecting. Known as The Black Swamp Find, it included hundreds of 1910 E98 baseball cards, discovered by a Defiance, Ohio family while cleaning out a relative’s attic. The sale of The Black Swamp Find collection continues today and to date has brought over two and a half million in total sales.
Chris is recognized as a nationally respected expert in the industry with appearances on NBC's Today Show, CNN, ESPN, FOX News, and hundreds of print media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and The Associated Press.
Today Chris continues to serve as the Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage. In his position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations, combining vision and execution with a balance of business and collecting passion. He counsels advanced collectors to help them build some of the most significant private collections in the hobby and he also works with consignors on a daily basis to recommend the disposition of their collections in order to maximize their financial return.