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Joe Maddalena
Executive Vice President, Heritage Capital Corporation
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Joseph “Joe” Maddalena joined Heritage Auctions as Executive Vice President in January 2021 following an unparalleled 35-year track record of success as the founder of Profiles in History, which he built into the world’s largest auctioneer of coveted Hollywood memorabilia and popular culture keepsakes.  Some of the iconic items he brought to market included Luke Skywalker’s light saber, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Indiana Jones’ whip and Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider chopper, along with the 2011 Debbie Reynolds auction that was highlighted by Marilyn Monroe’s Seven Year Itch “subway dress” realizing $5.52 million.  

Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joe learned early on how to turn his passion for collecting historical autographs into a career.  Upon graduation from Pepperdine, he made the decision to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985.  Profiles in History now owns virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia.  Joe is a lifetime member of the Manuscript Society and is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents.  In addition, he starred for three seasons in Syfy’s Hollywood Treasure, which gave viewers an inside look at the world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia.  

Joe brings deep and long-lasting relationships with major collectors in a myriad fields, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of multiple categories such as nature and science, rare books and wine. His years of experience in these numerous categories and expansive role at Heritage will allow him to serve clients far more efficiently and effectively than ever.


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Garry Shrum
Director, Entertainment & Music Memorabilia
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After a stint in the corporate world, Garry Shrum started his own successful record store, Blue Meanie Records, in 1976, and he's been immersed in records, tapes and CDs ever since. Attending many record shows in the United States and Europe over the years, he has become an expert on imports, especially those of the 1960s. He has been providing expertise for Heritage's Music & Entertainment Auctions since 2004.

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Brian Chanes
Senior Director, Entertainment & Music, Beverly Hills
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Educated in finance and at the University of Oklahoma, Brian always had a passion for film, and shortly after relocating to California, he embarked on a 30-year career dealing in entertainment memorabilia and historical autographs working for Joe Maddalena at Profiles in History. During that time period, Brian handled many of the world’s most iconic props, costumes and related memorabilia consigned by private collectors, film studios and institutions spanning the globe. Brian joined the Heritage team in early 2021 and aspires to bring the finest available artifacts to market.

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Pete Howard
Director, Concert Posters
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A writer, publisher and widely cited media expert in the field of music, Pete Howard started off as a professional disc jockey before moving on to an executive role with CBS Records for several years.  He later headed up the radio syndication firm that created Earth News and Country News before founding, owning, publishing and editing ICE magazine, which became possibly the finest source of CD news in the world for 19 years.  Also, a Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone magazine from 1988-1995 with a regular CD News column for their Record Review section, Pete additionally penned Goldmine magazine’s 22,000-word cover story on collectible music posters in 1995.  Along with planning a coffee-table book on the history of the American concert poster from 1920-1970, he is the only person in the world with a serious, comprehensive (4,000+) collection of rare concert-poster images from this time period.  Artifacts from Pete’s personal collection have been displayed in eight different museums around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.  He also once built and possessed the world’s best Bob Dylan record collection.  Pete joined our Entertainment and Music Memorabilia department in 2019 as a Consignment Director. 

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Aaron Piscopo
Director, Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments
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Before joining Heritage Auctions as an intern in 2013, Aaron Piscopo was exposed to musical instruments throughout his life.  He graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in History prior to his hiring at Heritage, where he eventually worked his way up to a position managing the company’s wine warehouse and logistics for its Los Angeles based wine operations.  Native Texan Piscopo moved back to the world headquarters in Dallas in 2017, assuming his current role as Director of Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments.  An active musician for 20+ years, he enjoys traveling to guitar shows across the country in search of interested consignors and bidders alike.

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