I see there is a lot of chatter out there amongst collectors of Television and Movie memorabilia on the news of Joe Maddalena of Profiles in History auction house along with his company are joining the Heritage Auctions team. We were all surprised to receive the email from Profiles in History in the early hours of the morning on January 27, 2021 (3:05 am est) announcing an end of an era and the beginning of a new one. I have copied the email below on the announcement.
From my understanding based on “online chatter” is that Profiles in History will wrap up with it’s current consigners and buyers before the transition to Heritage Auctions is completed. Meaning consigners will get their payments and buyers will receive their items from the 2020 auctions. This has not been officially verified and I will update this blog post as new information is provided.
Wishing everyone a healthy and safe 2021!Thirty-five years ago I turned a childhood passion for collecting into one of the world’s most renowned sellers of historical artifacts, from manuscripts to some of Hollywood and popular culture’s most coveted keepsakes. Creating and building Profiles in History has been one of the most rewarding journeys of my life, and not merely because of the world records we have set at auction or the friends I have made along the way.Now, I am very excited to share with you the next step in that amazing journey. On February 1st, I will be joining Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, the world’s third-largest auction house, as Senior Executive Vice President. Heritage Auctions has long been an innovator—bringing the live auction experience directly to clients through HA.com. Their collector-focused auction experience continues to be at the cutting edge, providing a seamless experience for both bidders and consignors that extends beyond the auction itself. With offices across the United States and around the world, it has a truly global audience. Leading specialists in more than forty categories of art, collectibles, and memorabilia make world-class auctions a near daily occurrence. Most importantly, its hands-on management, all collectors themselves, have grown their business by emphasizing the thing that matters most—client experience.I have long been proud to call Heritage Auctions’ co-founders and co-owners Steve Ivy and Jim Halperin good friends. Heritage Auctions was founded in 1976, and what they have accomplished in such a relatively short time has been nothing less than remarkable – and inspiring. Both men are visionaries who understand the importance of popular culture collectibles better than almost anyone in today’s marketplace. Ours will be a true partnership, and I am eager to begin this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – for all of us. My decision to join Heritage Auctions was an easy one, as it will allow me to bring even more history to auction in coming years.In recent years, Profiles in History’s business has grown exponentially, and moving to Heritage, which was hosting online auctions decades ago, will allow me to serve all of our clients far more efficiently and effectively than ever before. It will also allow Heritage to expand several of its already thriving categories, including historical manuscripts, fine art, comic books and comic art, movie posters and, of course, Hollywood and music memorabilia.The collecting landscaping continues to evolve – at a remarkable pace of late, now including everything from video games to Pokémon cards – and I am eager to jump in. Rest assured, I will remain hands-on when working with collectors and consignors. I am not going anywhere – except to Heritage, where I hope you will join me. In the coming days you will receive an email from Heritage Auctions offering you the opportunity to join me and Heritage on this journey. Many of you are likely Heritage Auctions clients already. Those of you who are not will be excited to see what crosses the block at Heritage. If you collect it, there’s a good chance Heritage offers it in one of its more than 40 categories.Everything I’ve done in my life, from collecting baseball cards as a young boy to producing TV shows to building Profiles in History into the world’s largest dealer of Hollywood memorabilia, has been infused with deepfelt enthusiasm, excitement and passion. My move to Heritage Auctions is no different. The time is right, because the people, the place, and the vision are right. I am eager for all of us to continue this journey together for a long, long time.Joe Maddalena
ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY: Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985.
Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.
ABOUT HERITAGE AUCTIONS: Heritage Auctions is the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world, as well as the largest auction house founded in the U.S. We are also the undisputed Internet leader in our field, with more than 1 million online bidder-members registered on HA.com. This loyal and growing community of collectors is a testament to the usefulness of our website, our reputation for professional business practices and our vast expertise in the field of art and collectibles.
Established in 1976, Heritage offers a wide range of U.S. & World Coins, Rare Currency, Fine & Decorative Art, American Art, Illustration Art, Vintage Comic Books & Comic Art, Movie Posters, Entertainment & Music Memorabilia, Jewelry & Timepieces, Vintage & Couture Handbags, Sports Collectibles, Historical & Political Memorabilia, Rare Books & Manuscripts, American Indian Art, Air & Space Memorabilia, Civil War Memorabilia, Vintage & Contemporary Photography, Nature & Science Specimens, Fine and Rare Wine, URL domain names and other Intellectual Property, Luxury Real Estate and more.
We give our customers unprecedented access to our services by featuring the latest advancements in technology and maintaining a strong presence in the collectibles community. Our knowledgeable staff of more than 130 experts and 400 additional service-oriented professionals, utilize our suite of services to help our customers develop the best collections possible. We are always looking to acquire interesting items, whether through consignment or by outright purchase. On average, we spend or disburse millions of dollars every business day while satisfying our clients’ demands.