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Frank Martell
Senior Director, Fine & Rare Wine
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After studying at Clark University in Massachusetts and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, Frank joined the auction staff at New York-based Acker Merrall & Condit in 1998. In 2003 he joined Bonhams & Butterfield as Director of Fine & Rare Wines, becoming International Director in November of 2006 and taking on a revised role focused on making the Wine department there a global entity, paying particular attention to markets in the US and Hong Kong, where, in April of 2008, he held the first wine sale in more than 17 years. Over the course of the following year and a half Frank was in Hong Kong on a monthly basis, working not only on wine auction, but also spending a good deal of time working with the government in Hong Kong to develop appropriate policy around the business. His experience in the industry is across all phases of the business, from business development, to marketing, to sales, consignments and customer service, with a decidedly hands on approach. As early as 2000, Who What Where magazine published a feature story spotlighting Frank, his rise in the world of fine wines and his success orchestrating auctions. It said, in part: "Martell has rapidly established himself as a superstar in the world of wine... his future seems extremely bright." He has since been featured on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC's "Squawk Box" as an expert in the field and was cast in a primary role in John Cleese's documentary, "Wine for the confused."


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Amanda Crawford
Director, Fine & Rare Wine, Beverly Hills
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Amanda Crawford is a wine and spirits specialist with over ten years of top level experience in nearly every facet of the wine business.  Amanda is currently the Associate Director of Fine and Rare Wines at Heritage Auctions, where she works to bring in consignments for live and internet auctions.  Previously she served in the wine departments of Christie’s in New York (Associate Vice President, Lead Specialist) and Spectrum Wines in Irvine, CA (President).  Amanda was a member of the faculty at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan and continues to lead tastings and seminars. Her extensive wine related travels have taken her to Burgundy, Bordeaux, Germany, Piedmont, Napa, Oregon and Eastern Europe in addition to her work as a harvest intern in Tuscany. Prior to auctions, Crawford was an assistant wine director at ‘Inoteca and a manager of Astor Wines in New York. She graduated from Wellesley College.

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Parker Cronin
Wine Specialist
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Parker Cronin has been a Wine Specialist since he joined Heritage Auctions in 2014, with extensive experience in restaurants and wine shops. His expertise stems in part from his passion as a collector, with an array that ranges from German Riesling to Australian Shiraz to Burgundy. A scholar at heart – after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in history and anthropology, he was applying to Ph.D. programs before opting to pursue a career in the wine business – Cronin enjoys the acquisition of knowledge that he gains when talking to consignors and researching collections. He is certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and is working on his WSET Diploma certification.

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