Yelena Harbick is a Senior Specialist of Russian Fine and Decorative Arts, having joined Bonhams New York in 2008. She is responsible for consigning Russian art in North and South America, and directly oversees the management and coordination of VIP clients in Russia. She combines her expertise and knowledge in the field of Russian painting, decorative arts, Fabergé and icons with strong research abilities and academic training.
Notable auction property sourced and sold by Yelena includes Madonna Laboris by Nicholas Roerich (£7,882,000, a world record for the artist); He that is without Sin by Vasily Polenov (£4,348,000 - world record for the artist); and Still Life with a Clay Jug by Vasily Rozhdestvensky (£849,000 – world record for the artist).
Yelena was previously Vice President and Senior Specialist in Russian Paintings at Christie's. During her four-year tenure, the Russian Department grew exponentially, with auctions totalling more than $6 million.
Prior to her auction career, Yelena spent more than 10 years working at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C., serving as Assistant Curator during her last four years. Her curatorial work was supplemented by her graduate studies at the Art History and Archeology Department at the University of Maryland from 2003 to 2006.
Born in Russia, Yelena received a Master of History and Languages Degree from the State Moscow University in 1985 and taught history in various universities in Moscow, before moving to the US in 1991.