Jim Haas is the Vice President and Director of the Ethnographic Art Department at Bonhams in San Francisco. Since his start at the company in 1984, he has taken on such duties as appraising, cataloguing and preparing sales of a wide range of indigenous material culture, though today he exclusively handles Native American art and artifacts.
Under his direction, the Ethnographic Art Department has sold more than $50 million in Native American, pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial and tribal art in semiannual auctions.
Prior to Haas' position at Bonhams, he travelled extensively, living in Mexico for a year during the 1970s and in Cairo in 1983.
Haas received both a BA and MA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he hosted a world music radio programme for several years. He also enrolled in Arab and Islamic studies at the American University, while in Cairo.
His valuation and cataloguing work keeps him up to date on market trends, while his memberships in professional societies such as the San Francisco Bay Area Friends of Ethnic Art afford him the opportunity to discuss current art and events with other experts in his field.
Jim has appeared various times on HGTV's "Value It!," and is co-author of "Tribal Art - the Essential World Guide."