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Curtis Lindner
Director, Americana
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Collecting has always been in Curtis Lindner’s blood, likely passed down from his mother. On family trips to Maine, he always migrated to old book shops, antique stores, and consignment shops seeking out books, stamps, coins, and eventually, political campaign material. His collecting continued through college and into his corporate career where he held positions in marketing and sales management. He attended shows throughout the east coast as a part time dealer and took the “leap” in 2000, becoming a full time Americana dealer. Besides cultivating a large collector-client base, he also worked with several institutions, including the Houghton Library at Harvard University and the John Hay Library at Brown University, assisting in growing their Abraham Lincoln collections. Curtis has been a member of the APIC (American Political Items Collectors) for 32 years and assisted in two public exhibits including the Dr. John Lattimer Collection at the Metropolitan Book Exchange in 1995, and the bicentennial “Abraham Lincoln in New York” at Federal Hall in 2009. He also displayed a portion of his Ulysses S. Grant collection at the re-dedication of Grant’s Tomb in 1997. Curtis has a broad range of expertise in the areas of Americana, Political Memorabilia, and Civil War. As someone who is always up for a challenge, he was approached by Tom Slater to replace him as Director of the Americana Department upon Tom’s semi-retirement. After meeting with management, he felt it was a good fit and joined Heritage Auctions in July 2019.

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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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Sandra Palomino
Director, Historical Manuscripts
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Sandra Palomino has more than twenty years of experience working with historical manuscripts, autographs, and rare books both via private treaty sales and auction. She joined Heritage in 2006 and during her tenure has brought to market such important collectibles as the last paragraph of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address and Francis Crick’s Nobel Medal and diploma. She has also had the honor of working with the papers of Benjamin Harrison (a large archive that descended through the family of his second wife that was placed with an institution), and the papers of Maude Ballou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first secretary. Her course of study at Yale focused on 18th and 19th Century American History. Her professional experience also includes direct marketing and public relations with such noted companies as Rapp Collins and Donnelly Marketing.

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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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Michael Riley
Director, Space Exploration
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After attending the University of Louisville (KY), Michael worked in the Consumer Electronics industry. In 1983, he joined the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, and became a dealer in a wide range of collectibles in 1985. Adopting the Internet early, he moved into website design and development in 1995, an area where he has received numerous awards. Michael joined Heritage in 2004 and has done cataloging work for Music & Entertainment Memorabilia, Americana & Political Memorabilia, Historical Manuscripts, and Space Exploration.

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