Phillips–Deputy Chairman, Americas
and Worldwide Head of Photographs
Vanessa Hallett is the Deputy Chairman, Americas and Worldwide Head of Photographs, having joined Phillips in 2005, and has led her global team to the forefront of the international photographs market.
Featured in the Art + Auction December 2011 Power Issue for her achievements, Vanessa’s tenure at the Photographs department has been steadfastly defined by the successful introduction of emerging photographers to the secondary market, as well as historic sales for classic and contemporary photographers. She oversaw the auction of Richard Avedon’s 1967 Beatles Portfolio for $722,500 and was also responsible for the record-breaking sale of Helmut Newton’s Women Walking, Paris for $905,000, the highest price paid for any work by the artist.
Vanessa has also directed several traveling exhibitions for Phillips, including one for that of fashion photographer Steven Meisel, and she specializes in global markets, lecturing regularly on collecting at all levels.
Vanessa has been involved with the Humble Arts Foundation; a non-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting emerging photographers, and has curated a show for the group at the Chelsea Art Museum. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in Art History/Studio Art and a post-graduate degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.