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Michelle Castro
Director, Trusts & Estates
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Michelle Castro is the Director of Trusts & Estates and is based in Heritage Auctions’ Dallas headquarters. She represents Heritage Auctions in Texas and throughout the Southern region of the United States by assisting attorneys, executors, advisors and fiduciary professionals with their client’s needs for estate valuations, appraisals and asset divesture. She is also co-editor of the Heritage Auctions Trusts & Estates Journal for Trusts & Estates Advisors.

Michelle has over 25 years of experience working in fine art galleries and auction houses. She spent her early career working at a private gallery in New Orleans before launching a successful career as the Director of Fine Art at New Orleans Auction Galleries, where she curated and directed the sales of prominent Southern estates. At Heritage, Michelle has managed numerous important estates and private collections, such as Robert J. Dodds III, Brooks Robinson, Dorace M. Fichtenaum, Colletta Ray McMillian and Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams Jr., among others. She has also sold property on behalf of institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Franklin & Marshall College. Her expertise is in Modern & Contemporary Art, and she is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers.

Michelle is a member of the Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council, the Estate Planning Council of Central Texas, the Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and a committee member of the Dallas Estate Planning Council’s Emerging Professionals.

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Carolyn Mani
Consignment Director and Trusts & Estates, Beverly Hills
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Specialties: Decorative Arts, Design, Entertainment Memorabilia, Fine Art, Fine Silver, Objects of Vertu, Rare Books, Trusts & Estates

Carolyn Mani's background includes twenty years of experience in both live and online auctions, as well as an extensive background in appraising and vetting Furniture and Decorative Arts, Fine Art, Collectibles, Musical Instruments and Entertainment Memorabilia. Prior to joining Heritage, Carolyn was Director and Auctioneer at Bonhams (Butterfields).  She oversaw the estate department for more than ten years, established a proven track record in working with large consignments and institutions and was an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). Most recently, she has brought to auction the celebrity estates of Shirley Temple Black and Zsa Zsa Gabor with outstanding results.  As an auctioneer she has raised millions of dollars and provided auction services to numerous charities including John Wayne Cancer Society, Stars for a Cause, The LOOC foundation, Wheels for Humanity, The Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers, The Chrysalis Foundation, Project Angel Food, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Ed Asner Family Foundation and many others.

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Elyse Luray
Trusts & Estates and Business Development, NY
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Elyse Luray served as the Vice President, Auctioneer and department head of Collectibles for Christie’s for more than 10 years after earning a degree in art history from New Orleans’ Tulane University. Since then she has collaborated and consulted with a number of specialty auction houses, handling high-profile auctions ranging from antique toys to sports collectibles and fine wine. The roster of important private collections she has managed include the archives of Lucas Films, DreamWorks, Fox Studios, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Eric Clapton, Marilyn Monroe, and Mickey Mantle. Elyse is also the nationally-recognized host of numerous television programs on collectibles, such as HGTV’s "If Walls Could Talk" and "The Longest Yard Sale," as an appraiser on PBS’s "Antiques Roadshow" and as a permanent cast member of its popular "History Detectives." She quickly earned roles as host of "Collection Intervention" on the Syfy network, "Treasure Seekers" on VOOM!, and as a collectibles expert on "The Nate Berkus Show" and "Clean House NY!" as well as several appearances on morning television programs. She is also an author, speaker and a licensed auctioneer in New York. A member of the Appraisers Association of America, Elyse is a USPAP-certified appraiser of Entertainment memorabilia and a preferred appraiser for both the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Encompass Insurance.

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Roberta Kramer
Managing Director, Chicago
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Specialties: Decorative Arts, Fine Art, Photographs

Roberta Kramer is a 25-year veteran of the art and antiques world. Before beginning her career in auctions, she spent two years curating for the Ben Uri Art Society in London. Returning stateside, Roberta served as Gallery Director for J. Rosenthal Fine Art until her interest in Continental Antiques led her to a management position at Rita Bucheit, Ltd. In 1992, with her extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques, Roberta started her auction career at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an account executive. In 1995, after taking a leave to found the Antiques Center at Kinzie Square, she was named Consignment Director of newly formed Chicago auction house, Susanin’s Auctions. While at Susanin’s she also managed the appraisal department and served as principal auctioneer alongside Sean Susanin. In 2001 she founded Roberta Kramer & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in appraisals and art consulting. A recognized USPAP qualified appraiser and licensed auctioneer, Roberta has served as a charity auctioneer for numerous charities and has been a frequent contributor to Art & Antiques Magazine. Roberta joined HA in 2016, opening the first regional office in the Midwest for the company.  Along with her staff of specialists in multiple areas of collecting, she serves the Chicago and greater midwestern region of the country.

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Alexandra Kern
Trusts & Estates Representative, Chicago
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Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Alexandra attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, graduating with Bachelor's degrees in both Art History and World Languages. While at SMU, she lived in Paris, France and worked in the Département des Peintures at the Musée du Louvre and in the Département de la Conservation at the Musée D’Orsay. Alexandra began her tenure at Heritage Auctions in 2017 with roles in both Business Development and Trusts & Estates. In March 2019, Alexandra became the first Trusts & Estates Representative for the Midwest out of Heritage Auctions’ Chicago office. Today, Alexandra is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council, the Twin Cities Estate Planning Council, the Indianapolis Estate Planning Council, and is USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant. As Trusts & Estates Representative, she continues her work with Trusts & Estates professionals to aid the auction, appraisal, and advisory service processes.

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Deborah Daly J. D.
Trusts & Estates Representative, Chicago
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Deborah Daly brings 35 years of experience in estate and trust settlement. Her professional experience consists of management of estate and trust settlement groups and estate administration for corporate fiduciaries in Illinois, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Wisconsin, eventually retiring from The Northern Trust Company in Chicago. During her career in estate settlement, Deborah developed an expertise with the distribution of specialized tangible assets, including, fine art, collectibles, jewelry, luxury clothing and accessories, musical instruments and an occasional yacht or airplane. Deborah’s undergraduate education resulted in earning a B.A. in Italian language and Literature, in which she is fluent, and Art History; subsequently she graduated law school with a J.D. She studied and lived in Pisa, Italy for 2 ½ years in college. Deborah is a member of the Illinois and Florida Bar.