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About Julien's Auctions

Julien's Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien's Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, sports and art markets. Julien's Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien's Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix and many more. In 2016, Julien's Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world's most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe "Happy Birthday Mr. President" dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien's Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson's white glove which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. Based in Los Angeles, Julien's Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology.

Recent Highlights include:

  • Ringo Starr #1 Ludwig Drum Kit: $2.1 Million
  • Michael Jackson's 1984 Victory Tour glove: $190,000
  • John Lennon Gibson J -160E: $2.4 Million
  • The Beatles 1964 Ed Sullivan Show Drum Head: $2.1 Million
  • Marilyn Monroe Something’s Gotta Give Dress: $358,000
  • Marilyn Monroe Grave Marker: $212,500
  • Banksy (British) Flower Girl, 2008: $212,500
  • Elvis Presley and J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Tour Bus: TOUR BUS - $263,000
  • Michael Jackson’s Thriller Jacket: $1.8 million dollars
  • Marilyn Monroe’s River of No Return Dress: $516,000
  • John Lennon Jacket: $240,000
  • Original Coke bottle and sketch: $468,000
  • Michael Jackson handwritten “We Are The World” lyrics: $270,600
  • Michael Jackson Motown 25 Glove: $420,000
  • George Harrison's Gibson SG from 1966-1969: $560,000
  • Jimi Hendrix Studio Used Guitar: $480,000
  • Elvis Presley's Country Gentleman Gretsch Guitar: $180,000
  • Herb Ritts Original Camera: $190,000

Company Bios

Darren Julien · President and CEO

Darren Julien is the founder of Julien's Auctions. A third generation entrepreneur, Darren has been heavily involved in auctions for all of his adult life. Darren's foundation in the auction world and his special talent for creating unique marketing events led to the creation of Julien's Auctions. Julien's has dominated the entertainment memorabilia market on its own and in collaboration with both Christie's and Sotheby's since its inception. Darren has successfully orchestrated major marketing campaigns for sales, routinely securing placement with The Associated Press, Reuters, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, BBC and many other high profile news outlets. Darren is a graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering which was established in 1921 where he earned a Reppert Diploma, the sign of excellence in the field of auctioneering. It is his experience, expertise and enthusiasm that Darren brings to each sale, making Julien's Auctions a market leader.

Martin J. Nolan · Executive Director

Martin J. Nolan was born and raised in Athlone, Co. Roscommon, Ireland and is a fourth generation businessman who now resides in Los Angeles and New York. He has an extensive financial background having worked in investment banking on Wall Street for more than 14 years where he held high level investment positions with Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Chase before joining Julien’s Auctions, “The Auction House to The Stars”, in 2005. Martin is a graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering which was established in 1921 where he earned a Reppert Diploma, the sign of excellence in the field of auctioneering. Martin is the Co-Owner of Julien’s Auctions with founder Darren Julien. Martin currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director for Julien's Auctions. These responsibilities, combined with his entrepreneurial background, have helped develop a long term business and marketing plan that enhances Julien's Auctions with an advantage over other auction houses. Martin's efforts are also concentrated on creating and developing future business for Julien's Auctions globally and he is currently focusing on developing new clients in Ireland, India, China and Japan, countries that are achieving phenomenal growth. Martin understands the power of celebrity and one of his greatest passions is to create opportunities for charitable organizations to raise much needed funds through his philanthropic work. This is a very important goal for Julien's Auctions, enabling those in need to benefit from the high profile celebrity charity auctions that we conduct. The auctions not only raise much needed funds for charitable organizations but they also increase the awareness of the important work of the charities. Martin regularly appears on TV in the USA and he also represents Julien’s Auctions in the global media having done TV and Radio interviews in Japan, China, Australia, South America, the Middle East and Europe, talking about the fascinating property that Julien’s Auctions are entrusted to bring to the Auction block. Martin Nolan and Darren Julien, founder and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, recently finished filming season one of their new TV show set to launch in early 2014.

Michael Doyle · Director of Business Development

Michael Doyle was born and raised in Beverly Hills, California. It is there he began to cultivate his interest in fine arts and the entertainment industry which surrounded him. Michael attended the University of Michigan for his Bachelor's, receiving a degree in both Art History and Communication Studies. During his undergraduate studies, Michael had the opportunity to travel extensively. At one point, he conducted his studies as he voyaged around the world on a ship, docking in 14 different countries. After graduation, his passion for the arts and his interest in celebrity memorabilia led him to join the Julien's team. Shortly after beginning his employment with Julien's Auctions, Michael was recognized and appointed to manage “The Collection of Michael Jackson” auction, featuring the complete contents of the Neverland Ranch. Michael's desires for a more thorough understanding of the auction process led him to Reppert Auction School. There he fine-tuned his skills as an auctioneer, completing comprehensive courses on live bid calling and the organization of charitable auctions. Michael has since established his reputation as a gifted auctioneer handling a range of live charity, fine art, and memorabilia auctions. In his current position of Director of Business Development, Michael handles all incoming high-profile consignments for Julien's. Michael has recently been responsible for putting together Julien’s Auctions' inaugural Street Art sale featuring the works of guerrilla artist Banksy.

Megan Mahn Miller · Director of Special Projects and Property Specialist

A passionate researcher, Megan has led Julien's cataloging department since December 2006. She is a Minneapolis native and holds a degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota. Megan brings to Julien's a varied background of Art Education, Event Planning, Public Relations and Marketing. A graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering, she is also a licensed auctioneer in the State of Minnesota.

Hillary Ripps · Office Administrator

Hillary inherited her interest in the film industry from her father, who worked for MGM for over 40 years beginning in 1929. Hillary has worked with many well known film directors, producers and writers. She also partnered in a very successful independent production company for over 20 years, producing the films as well as running the office and handling business affairs. It was during this period that she received an Academy Award nomination and became a member of the Academy, where she serves on several Executive Committees. In her spare time, Hillary is puppy-raising Edison, a yellow Labrador Retriever, for Guide Dogs of America, as well as doing volunteer work at the Hollywood Ronald McDonald House. She is delighted to have become a member of Julien's Auctions staff as the Office Administrator which enables her to assist in the many facets of setting up the auctions.

Summer Evans · Director of Photography

Summer has been passionate about photography since she was young. She shot her first roll of film, which was entirely of her dog, when she was eight years old. She attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where she attained a B.A. in Professional Photography. While working for Bonhams & Butterfields, she continued her interest and development as an exhibiting fine art photographer. In 2011 she joined the Julien's team where she brings her enthusiasm, experience, and love of creative photography to the company.

Gaby Douek · Gallery Manager

Gaby Douek was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She worked at the American Embassy in Lima before moving to New York. In New York, she worked at the United Nations as a Personal Assistant, first in the Office for Research and Collection of Information for the Secretary-General and then in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.  Gaby is bilingual. She enjoys photography and travelling. and has visited many countries in Europe. Gaby moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and joined Julien’s Auctions in June 2012 to work as an Executive Assistant.

Darcie Mena · Accounting

Darcie Mena was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She joined the Julien's staff in April 2011. Having previously worked for a bank and two accounting firms, she gained the comprehensive skills in client services and acquired strong accounting knowledge which she continues to apply to her roles of accounting at Julien's.

Alex Wisotsky · Data Manager

Alex Wisotsky was born and raised in Westlake Village, California. He received his Bachelor's degree in American History and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006. Prior to Julien's, Alex held the position of Online Auction Manager for an auction house in his hometown of Westlake Village. Alex is a graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering, which was established in 1921, where he earned a Reppert Diploma, the sign of excellence in the field of auctioneering. Alex's avid interest in entertainment and films naturally drew him to Julien's Auctions, where in July 2011 he retained his current position of Data Manager.

Isabel Yeo · Art Cataloger and Junior Specialist

Isabel Yeo was born and raised in Singapore, where her family continues to reside today. Isabel loves to travel and has visited numerous countries in Europe, Asia, as well as various cities in the U.S, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut at the age of sixteen, and moved to Los Angeles in 2006. Isabel began her studies in Art History, French, and Business Administration as a freshman at the University of Southern California. While in college, Isabel interned and worked part-time at various art galleries in Los Angeles, as well as Christie's and Bonham's. Her interest in gemology and the jewelry market has led her to pursue a Gemological Graduate degree at the Gemological Institute of America. Isabel joined the Julien's family in January 2011.

Jennifer Anne Lorenzi · Fashion and Costume Specialist

Jennifer Lorenzi is from Miami, FL and has earned degrees at Florida State University while studying in London, England (B.A., Art History) and Istituto Marangoni,in Milan, Italy (Intensive Diploma Fashion Design). Jennifer previously worked at Kerry Taylor and Augusta auction houses as well as with top New York designers, stylists, art galleries and museums. She currently specializes with the costume and fashion collections at Julien’s Auctions.

Mitch Kaba · Property Specialist

Raised in a family of antique collectors, Mitchell Kaba early on developed a passion for historical objects. When his friends were spending their money on candy and video games, Mitchell was investing in first issue comics. His fascination for history and culture later inspired him to live in such diverse locals as New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Alaska, Bangkok and Istanbul. Along the way he honed his skills as a researcher through work on various projects, including curating rare books to recreate the Antarctic library of explorer R.F. Scott for The Museum of Natural History. Mitchell is a graduate of the appraisal studies program at NYU and has successfully completed the USPAP course and exam, highlighting the Congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by the Appraisal Foundation. His specialties include fine and decorative art, prints, books, photographs, acetate films and audio recordings.

Dan Nelles, Sports Specialist

Dan Nelles was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and developed a love of sports and sports memorabilia at a very young age. Having been born into a family of sports lovers, as well as one with entrepreneurial spirit, Dan started his first sports memorabilia company at the age of sixteen. From there, Dan went on to aid in the development of Toronto sports memorabilia institutions Legends of The Game and Pro League Sports Collectibles. After graduating and receiving his B.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Windsor, Dan earned a position at The Sports Network (TSN) — Canada's equivalent of ESPN. In 2011, Dan brought his enthusiasm, expertise and over 25 years of experience in the sports memorabilia marketplace to Julien's Auctions as he was welcomed in the position of Sports Specialist. For Julien's, Dan's responsibilities include sports consignment acquisitions and client services, as well as managing all production aspects for Julien’s sports auctions.

Ricardo Limon · Warehouse Manager

Ricardo (Ricky) Limon was born and raised in California. Ricky comes to Julien's with an extensive background in warehouse management, most recently the Estate of Michael Jackson. In 2010, Ricky joined the Julien's team.

Nate Hebron · Assistant Warehouse Manager

Nate Hebron was born and raised in Carlinville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he studied writing and American history. His deep passion for film, music, sports, and pop culture in general makes working for Julien’s Auctions an ideal occupation. Prior to joining the Julien’s team, Nate managed the warehouse for Bonhams & Butterfields where he gained the extensive experience and varied skills necessary to meet the logistical demands of the high energy world of auctions. With Julien’s, he has prided himself on being versatile and has been very pleased to take part in each step of guiding product from consigner to buyer, be it as a property receiver, handler, researcher, cataloguer, or shipper.

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