For 25 years, the Magnusson team has had the privilege of working with distinguished collectors and prominent estates. We love to hear the stories behind these great collections in order to help clients value them and, in many cases, sell them. Interesting collections come to us from executors, lawyers, bankers, realtors, insurers, and of course, collectors and their families.
As pioneers of the New Jersey Estate Sale industry since the early 1990s, we have pursued professional appraisal accreditations, grown both our number of employees and our reputation, and launched a brokerage firm to help our clients sell higher quality collections worldwide. From appraisals to estate sales, and brokerages to buyouts, we have aspired to understand the needs of our clients and their collections since day one.
Meet the Magnussons
Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA, ISA AM has provided IRS qualified, USPAP compliant appraisals and fiduciary brokerage services to clients for over 25 years. She is one of the few appraisers in the country to hold Accreditations with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), and the International Society of Appraiser (ISA). Her specialty designation is in Antiques, Furnishings & Decorative Art. Lynn’s valuations are highly respected and sought out by private and corporate clients, government entities, cultural institutions, attorneys, wealth managers, executors, realtors and professional organizers. Lynn and her team have extensive knowledge in asset management, sales, insurance scheduling, damage and loss, estate and charitable donation tax and equitable distribution of antiques, fine and decorative art and furnishings, collections, silver and jewelry. Alongside her primary role as CEO at The Magnusson Group, Lynn served as a long-time Board of Trustees member of the American Society of Appraiser’s Northern NJ Chapter. She now serves on the ASA National Personal Property Committee as Lead for the 2021 National Convention and on the Membership Committee helping to guide candidate appraisers through the accreditation process, reports and the creation of business plans. She also frequently lectures on connoisseurship and valuation topics. A world-class swimmer, Lynn trained for the Olympic Trials which earned her a full athletic scholarship to the University of Miami. She is the first woman to be awarded an athletic scholarship by the university which was made possible by the enactment of Title IX. Lynn continues to work-out and swim regularly while listening to blues, jazz, world and funk music.
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.
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 Community College. He is an Army Veteran, and lives in Jackson, New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
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.
Heather Zises joins The Magnusson Group with 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing. She is an accomplished editor and writer with focuses in digital content development and social media strategy for art and culture. Heather began her career at Pace Gallery and Phillips, where she coordinated numerous exhibitions and site-specific installations at galleries, art fairs and alternative spaces worldwide. Her multi award-winning book, 50 Contemporary Women Artists (Schiffer 2018), is available at top art institutions and distinguished university libraries. Raised in Boston, Heather graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English and has an MA in Art History and Connoisseurship from Christie’s Education. She lives in Montclair, NJ.
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 charities, foundations, or nonprofit organizations.
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.
Jeffrey Schroeder, AM graduated McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration Technology Program where he received hands-on training from industry professionals. Following graduation, he became a full- time restoration professional at one of the premier classic car restoration facilities that specializes in antique and full classic custom-bodied automobiles. Over the past ten years, he has been buying, selling, locating and consigning antique cars, parts and memorabilia for collectors and restorers all over North America. He has participated in events such as the Pebble Beach Concours D Elegance, AACA Fall Meet, and The Great American Race. Jeff is an Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers.
David Wolf, ASA, GG, MGA 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.
Donna Thompson Ray, is a Candidate and active NJ Chapter 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.
Jane St. Lifer, ASA has decades 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.
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.
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.