Meet the Magnussons
Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA has provided IRS qualified, USPAP compliant appraisals and fiduciary brokerage services to clients for over 20 years. Lynn is one of the few appraisers in the country to belong to both the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and the Appraisers Association of America (AAA). She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (Antiques & Decorative Art) and Certified Member (Personal Property) for both institutions. In addition, Lynn is a long-time Board of Trustees member of the American Society of Appraiser’s Northern NJ Chapter. Lynn graduated from the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University. A world-class swimmer, she trained for the Olympic Trials for several years and earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Miami. She is a sports fan, enjoys working out and can make a mean playlist for any occasion.
Drew Magnusson has provided IRS qualified, USPAP compliant appraisals and fiduciary brokerage services to clients for over 20 years. Drew is a full-time research analyst of fine and decorative arts. He hones his connoisseurship skills by studying objects, mediums, artists, makers, history and sales results achieved at different marketplaces. Drew continues his connoisseurship and appraisal science education by participating in events sponsored by fine and decorative art museums and the American Society of Appraisers. From working with top auction specialists, he is an expert at consigning to private dealers on behalf of his clients. As a lover of the outdoors, Drew enjoys bird watching, fishing, kayaking and hiking all over the east coast.
Lauren Magnusson was in kindergarten when Personal Property Consultants was incorporated by Drew and Lynn. She grew up immersed in the world of art, antiques and fine objects; she spent countless hours with Lynn in New York’s finest museums and snacked in the back while Drew auctioned at the podium. A double major in History and Political Science at Rutgers University helped her develop historical perspectives, negotiating and sales skills. Lauren studied Art and Architecture in Berlin, Germany and followed her mother’s lead by completing the New York University Appraisal Studies Program. She manages and oversees all Magnusson on-site sales and is a generalist home contents appraiser with USPAP compliancy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys embarking on outdoor adventures with her dog, Thor.
Leslie Picinich has been the Magnusson’s client manager since 2001. She helps our clients define their project’s goals, and guides them through the planning, appraisal, consignment, and estate sale processes. Leslie holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her three Bichons; Sammy, Polly and Sasha, have become unofficial team members and gallery guards. Leslie enjoys gardening both at home and at the gallery.
Becky Lipnick entered into the art business market shortly after graduating from Bard College with a degree in Literature. She has worked with artists and appraisers to foster their marketing and internal organization. As Communications Coordinator, Becky oversees all office systems, as well as the Magnusson’s website, newsletter campaigns, marketing strategy, and social media presence. Becky also has expertise creating appraisal documents. You can sometimes see her at the holding station of our estate sales. In her free time, Becky is an avid traveler and museum-goer.
Lori Fedkenheuer is our marketing expert, realtor liaison, and an invaluable member of the estate sales team. Lori has a B.A. in Journalism Studies from Montclair State University, and spent many years working in print media before joining the Magnusson Group in 2014. The energy and humor she brings to each estate sale makes our customers feel like a part of the team. When not working with the team, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Jack Daly helps our appraisers compile market, descriptive, and provenance data packages. He is also responsible for many of the Magnusson Group’s digital initiatives and marketing campaigns. When not in the office, Jack runs a successful e-commerce business selling luxury timepieces, particularly of Swiss origin. Jack holds a double B.S. in Business Marketing and Computer Science from the University of Alabama.
Kollin Handler is responsible for the marketing and successful operation of all digital initiatives regarding upcoming Magnusson Estate Sales. He also lends his hand to the analysis of all digital metrics accumulated by the Magnussons website, sales software, and digital platforms. Though much of Kollin’s work goes on behind-the-scenes, you can also see him acting as a sales agent during all of our estate sales. Kollin holds a B.A. in Political Science & Statistics from Rutgers University, where he cultivated an informed interest in Soviet and Communist Art.
Kevin Magnusson stages, sets, and organizes our Estate Sales. Kevin also assists our appraisers in curating the Magnusson Group’s digital sales platforms and liquidating items through auction, brokerage, or private sale. He is currently working on a degree in Business Administration at Brookdale. He is an Army Veteran, happily married with a six-year old son, and another baby on the way.
David Wolf is a third generation gemologist and a published expert on Reproduction versus Antique Diamonds, Gemstones and Jewelry. Certified by the American Society of Appraisers as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), he earned their prestigious Master Gemologist Appraiser designation in 1995. Mr. Wolf has been a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America since 1985.
Catharine Vaughan, a retired litigation attorney, has pursued her lifelong interest in the decorative arts, particularly early American furniture, and historic architecture for 35 years. After retirement from the practice of law, Catharine did field work examining and cataloguing 18th and early 19th century furniture for the Boston Furniture Archive, a joint project of a consortium of museums under the auspices of the renowned Winterthur Museum. She obtained her Certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University in 2015 and a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the Winterthur Institute thereafter. Catharine is an associate member of the American Appraisers Association.
Jane St. Lifer has over 36 years of experience in the international art world. She has previously served as the Director of several galleries in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona. Ms. St. Lifer received a BFA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and an MA from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. She is associated and holds memberships with the American Society of Appraiser, International Foundation of Art Research, Auctioneers Association Inc, National Arts Club and Friends of British Sporting Art. In 2008 St. Lifer was Project Coordinator of Will Barnet Catalogue Raisonne. Jane lives in NYC and her enthusiasm for the arts is contagious.
Donna Thompson Ray, ASA, Ph.D, is a member of the American Society of Appraisers. Her areas of expertise are African, Caribbean and African-American Art and Photography. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Ms. Thompson Ray is a former fine art photographer and gallery manager (London, UK). She has published articles on collecting and appraising fine art, and African-American art & photography. She has been an associate appraiser for the Magnusson Group for over five years.
Jay Chatellier has helped clients with their fine arts needs for almost 30 years. He specializes in 19th and 20th century American and European artworks, with an emphasis on quality and value. Jay now leads the Florida branch of The Magnusson Group.
David Sperling is a horologist with years of experience in the trade. As co-owner of Father & Son Antiques, David has also been a Member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) since 1967. You can find his many horological writings in The Maine Antiques Digest and The Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Previously, David acted as a clock and watch appraiser for Lofty. He has also curated an Exhibit of Handmade New England Timepieces at The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in 2001.
Donna Goldstein has been an art lover all her life, and brings her tremendous energy and knowledge to our estate sales. After graduating with an Art History degree from The City University of New York, Donna dove headfirst into the art world, securing a prominent position with the esteemed DeLorenzo Gallery in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. While working for DeLorenzo, Donna restructured the gallery’s marketing strategy, and greatly aided the construction of their research archives. When not working with the Magnusson Group, Donna operates a successful pilates studio in Randolph, NJ. In her sparse free time, Donna enjoys hiking, reading, painting, and spending time with her three children near her home in Morristown.
Carole Washington joins the Magnusson Group after more than 20 years as an executive with fashion retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. Her presence, immense knowledge and impeccable sense of flair help designer furniture, clothing, and accessories fly out the door at our estate sales. When not assisting the team with a sale, Carole runs a business which operates professional fashion shows for the benefit of other charities, foundations, or nonprofit organizations.
Magnusson Estate Services would be nothing without its Estate Sale Support Team.
Eric Magnusson & Alex Magnusson offer customers courteous and exceptional service.