James Forster joined Halls as Head of the Picture Department and auctioneer in 2015. He has worked previously as the picture valuer for Sothebys Valuation Department, Bond Street, London, from where he travelled extensively in the UK and Europe cataloguing diverse high value picture collections. This and other roles with international auctioneers, over the last two decades, have enabled him to develop a broad knowledge of both the British and European fine art markets. Immediately prior to working for Halls James was the principal valuer for ArtBanc, an American Art Advisory company based in London and New York. He has a BA Honours degree in Fine Art Valuation from the Southampton Institute. James has also worked independently as a fine art consultant specialising in valuation work and running exhibitions for contemporary artists.
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