Twenty years in the trenches of the cut-throat worlds of fine arts and antiques—with more than a decade at Sotheby’s under her belt followed by a long stint as an art advisory specialist to the uber-elite at Citi in Hong Kong—prepared Edie Hu well to forge her own path. This spring, she launched Centerpiece, an art advisory and appraisal partnership, with co-founder Katherine Don, the former head of arts and cultural development at the Asia Society in Hong Kong, who is now based in Los Angeles. Working in tandem across the Pacific, they are pushing the boundaries of accessibility when it comes to appraisals and auctions.
“I think there is a need for that— for someone to go through and give people proper valuations,” Hu says, noting many collectors need help sorting the really important pieces from those that might not be worth the storage space. “If it’s junk, you can throw it away. You have to have somebody to tell you it’s not worth anything—and then you need to get rid of it.”
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