Susan Kime has been a fine art appraiser working in the Saint Louis auction industry for twenty years. She received her B.A. in Advertising and French from Loyola, New Orleans, completed a course of study at the Centre Internationale des Etudes Francaises, in Angers, France, and went on to complete her M.A. in Art History from Louisiana State University.
Susan has appraised and sold property from the finest estates in St. Louis and the surrounding region. Highlights include a 2007 sale of The Old Mill, an 1852 oil painting by Frederic E. Church, hammering at $2.3 million. In February 2013, she assembled an auction of East Village art, reaching an international audience and setting an auction record for a painting by Martin Wong hammering at $47,500. She has also handled works by St. Louis artists Kathryn Cherry and Fred Green Carpenter that have resulted in record prices, helping to bring national attention to their work.
Susan has appeared regularly as an appraiser for PBS Antiques Roadshow since 2011.
Chet Breitwieser is a long standing member of the (CAGA) Certified Appraisers Guild of America.His professional career encompasses more than thirty five years of experience in the field of antiques and the decorative arts. As the former owner of McAdams' Ltd. in Columbia, Missouri, he possesses a strong back ground in business development. He has served as President, Board Member and Trustee for numerous civic,state and regional organizations dedicated to antiques,art and business. For many years he has traveled the Midwest sharing programs on “The conservation and care of your antiques and heirlooms”. He is active in and passionate about the St. Louis,metropolitan region. As a devoted historic preservationist, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Friends of Arrow Rock, in the National Trust designated village of Arrow Rock, Missouri.
Danuta Krol is a senior appraiser of silver, porcelain, glassware, textiles, dolls and toys and decorative arts at Link Auction Galleries. She began her career in the auction industry in 1984 when she was hired as a floor assistant at Ben J. Selkirk & Sons Auction House in St. Louis. She quickly rose to be an appraisers' assistant then client service representative who took in new consignments and finally developed her expertise to lead the Silver and Decorative Arts Department for the company.
Danuta's passion for antiques and modern art arose while she was in high school in Lodz, Poland. She went on to study Textiles and Economics at the University of Lodz and immigrated to the United States in 1984 with her two children.
During her professional career, she has continued to attend college courses and lectures that allow her to keep abreast of the changing landscape of the industry and remain familiar with new appraisal and research methodologies.
In her spare time, Danuta loves to travel and volunteer as an appraiser for charity events in museums, galleries, churches, and schools nationally. She is fluent in Polish and can read and understand Russian and Latin.
Ray has been an enthusiatic antique dealer for the past 30 years in the St. Louis-Metro area. As a Link team member, he brings a keen eye and vast knowledge of art deco, French and Italian furniture, and the decorative arts.
He received his Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his Masters degree and Ph.D from Illinois State University-Normal.
Besides his active career as an antique dealer, he is a retired public school teacher. He taught for 37 years in Illinois' schools.
Ray is a member of Antique and Collectibles National Association.
Doug Schrader began his auction career in 1993, assisting with displaying property for auction previews, catalogue production, photography, and working the sales. As a history enthusiast with a strong desire for learning Doug quickly fell in love with the auction profession. Based on his experience, Doug has solid knowledge in antique Continental, English and American furniture, as well as Persian carpets and sports and military memorabilia. Doug has built strong client relationships, and advises customers in both buying and selling their valuable items.
Barry Hyatt studied gemology, gem identification, diamond grading and valuation at both Washington University in St. Louis and the Gemological Institute of America. He is an original Charter Senior Member of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. A well known jeweler, owning and operating stores in the St. Louis area for over forty years.
Mr. Hyatt is also an award-winning jewelry designer, the recipient of De Beers National Diamond Jewelry Award.
Marlene has been instrumental in the growth and operation of an internationally recognized Midwest auction gallery for over thirty years. A graduate of St. Louis University with degrees in Urban Affairs/Community Development, Marlene coordinates Link Auction Galleries' advertising and community outreach.
Marlene has her finger on the pulse of the St. Louis arts community and her public relations experience makes her a valuable asset to Link Auction Galleries. As a member of all of the major art museums and music societies in St. Louis, Marlene actively promotes the highlights of our auctions. Marlene coordinates events for the community using our staff and our facility to advertise upcoming auctions. If your organization is interested in holding an event with Link, Marlene will work with you to create a memorable arts experience.
Gary Miller began his auction and appraisal career in 1986 working for Selkirk Auctioneers and soon found his passion. His long experience as a General Appraiser includes Oriental Carpets, Americana, Native American, Furniture and Collectibles. Gary has a Bachelors degree from the University of Missouri in Education and resides on a small horse farm with his wife.