Sarah Shinn Pratt


LeBaron Antiques Trading
Woodbury, CT
Toured In
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 19, 21

Sarah Shinn Pratt started her career in the decorative arts at Sotheby’s in 1981, after receiving a B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Mount Holyoke College, and an M.B.A. from U.C.L.A. Anderson Graduate School of Management.

During her twelve year career at Sotheby's, Sarah appraised and catalogued an array of decorative arts. In 1986, she became the Director of Sotheby's Arcade Division, a Vice President and one of the few female auctioneers at the company at that time. For eight years, Sarah wielded the hammer at over twenty-five sales a year for Sotheby's, and finally served as their Director of Appraisals, North America, before resigning in 1994 in order to start her own business, the LeBaron Art Advisory. Sarah currently serves on the Advisory Board of Auction Mobility.

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