Sarah R. Nelson is Bonhams' Director of Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art in San Francisco. She has been a specialist in the field and has worked in the auction world for more than 15 years.
Prior to joining Bonhams in 2011, Nelson worked as a specialist in Contemporary Art at a leading international auction house in London for six years where she was involved in landmark auctions such as Damien Hirst's Beautiful Inside My Head Forever and the (RED) charity auction. During this time she played in instrumental role in establishing numerous artist records and developing the emerging markets category while working with some of the most active collectors globally. Nelson was responsible for advising collectors on new acquisitions, valuing extensive collections, sourcing works of art for sale and presenting lectures at various cultural institutions.
Nelson began her career in New York at another leading international auction house in the Impressionist & Modern Art department where she worked on the evening sales and was recognized for securing numerous museum loans including Picasso et les femmes at Chemnitz, Germany.
Nelson holds a MA degree in the History of Art from Richmond University, London and a BA in Art History and French from Rollins College. She also studied 20th Century Art History at The American University of Paris and completed coursework in International Marketing at Harvard University, Cambridge.