Founded in 1962, Doyle is one of the world's foremost auctioneers and appraisers of fine art, jewelry, furniture, decorations, Asian works of art, coins, stamps, rare books and a variety of specialty categories. Located in New York City, the global capital of the auction market, Doyle offers over 100 sales each year that attract a broad base of buyers and consignors from around the world. Doyle has an established reputation for professionalism, integrity, expertise and service. To achieve the highest possible prices at auction, Doyle’s focus on providing individual attention to each client remains paramount.
Doyle oversees an ever-expanding network of offices and Regional Advisors throughout the United States, including galleries in Palm Beach, Beverly Hills and Charleston. Our office in Kensington serves the Washington, DC / Mid-Atlantic area with our full complement of auction and appraisal services, including Hayloft DC. We have Regional Advisors in North Carolina; New England; Connecticut; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Florida and Chicago.
Doyle’s international marketing and media strategies provide maximum exposure for property in the global art market. Our personalized services, combined with sophisticated, 360-degree marketing strategies and promotion, result in world auction records being set regularly for property across all categories.
Through the years, Doyle has auctioned the estates of Hollywood legends James Cagney, Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, Rock Hudson, Rex Harrison, Ruth Gordon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Joan Crawford. From the world of music were the estates of the legendary New York City Opera soprano Beverly Sills, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and actress and chanteuse Lena Horne. Doyle also auctioned the estate of Lady Sarah Consuelo Spencer-Churchill, sister of the Duke of Marlborough; the collection of Alice Appleton Hay, daughter-in-law to John Milton Hay, President Abraham Lincoln's private secretary; El Morocco: The John Perona Collection; the Estate of famed restaurateur Elaine Kaufman of Elaine’s; and rare books and autographs deaccessioned from the New York City Bar Association.
Doyle auctioned the collections of decorators and designers Oleg Cassini, David Easton, Keith Irvine, Ronald Grimaldi, Robert Denning, Jamie Drake, Jay Spectre and Fabio Silva. From the fashion world were the estates of Bonnie Cashin, Joe Eula, Geraldine Stutz, fashion editor and Old Navy spokeswoman Carrie Donovan, as well as the collection of Adolfo. Other notable couture auctions include The Art of Alexander McQueen: The Jennifer Zuiker Collection and the collections of actress Marisa Berenson, opera diva Marion Anderson, and fashion retailers Martha Phillips and Lynn Manulis, as well as costume jewelry from the collections of Ann Getty and Brigid Berlin.
Doyle is well known for its on-site auctions, including the sale of treasures from three legendary New York restaurants, Maxwell's Plum and the celebrated Russian Tea Room, as well as notable on-site auctions of the estate of Mets owner Joan Whitney Payson and the estate of the acclaimed American painter Ogden Pleissner.
Our prime objective is to achieve maximum prices at auction while coordinating and simplifying the process of appraising and liquidating estate property and private collections. We are committed to providing expert evaluations and personalized services designed to meet the individual needs of our clients.