DALLAS – Heritage Auctions has announced that Mark Grol, a leading expert with 25 years of experience in the auction business and international fine art community, has joined its London office as its managing director. Grol will be working with buyers and consignors and helping the largest auction house founded in the United States expand its reach throughout Europe by representing Heritage at fairs and events, and building relationships and partnerships with local galleries and dealers.
“Mark brings nearly three decades of auction industry experience, both in London and in mainland Europe,” Heritage Auctions Executive Vice President Cris Bierrenbach said. “He has worked to bring growth across several auction categories and will be an invaluable asset to our clients in the UK. We are very excited about the opportunities at our London office now that Mark is on board.”
Grol spent the last three years as managing director at PAN Amsterdam, the largest national art fair in the Netherlands, which brings together more than 150 shareholder organizations and attracts more than 40,000 global visitors each year.
Also an accomplished auctioneer, Grol spent more than two decades at the Sotheby’s offices in Amsterdam, Germany, Paris and London, serving in a number of roles including division head, directeur general delegue, managing director, business manager and painting expert.
In addition, he spent two years as managing director of Cahiers d’Art, one of the world’s most distinguished publishers of the visual arts, where Grol worked directly with artists and their estates to create a revue, books, catalog raisonnes and prints.
Grol has a Master’s degree in art history from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations, a list that includes but is not limited to: chairman of the Rembrandt Association UK, member of Titus Cirkel and van Rijn Cirkel (each a part of Vereniging Rembrandt), chairman of the association of Dutch Art Fairs and a board member of the World Trade Centre Amsterdam Business Club.