Press Release: Dallas Auction Gallery Announces New Owners and Next Auction
Dallas Auction Gallery is pleased to announce it has found new owners in the team of Katy Alexander and Gabe Echeverry, two Texas auction veterans with more than a decade each of experience in the fine and decorative arts.
Founder Scott Shuford shared the news in a letter to DAG’s clients, saying, “We could not have entrusted the gallery to two better people who are seamlessly carrying on the tradition of integrity, honesty, and personal service that Dallas Auction Gallery has stood for these past 18 years.”
Ms. Alexander and Mr. Echeverry come to Dallas from a San Antonio auction house where they served as Director of Specialty Auctions and Director of Luxury Estates, respectively. Ms. Alexander founded and ran the auction house’s Texas Art department since 2013; Mr. Echeverry founded and ran their high-end fine and decorative arts auctions, as well as jewelry and luxury accessories, since 2016.
“Katy and Gabe are young, but they’re seasoned,” Shuford said. “Their energy and enthusiasm, experience in the auction industry, and the fact that they’re keeping the employees just made it a perfect fit.”
Auctioneer Jerry Holley, Finance Director Beth Hansen, and Consignments Director Elaina Grinwald will continue in their roles at DAG under the new leadership, with Shuford and his wife, Kathi, staying involved as consultants.
“Dallas Auction Gallery has a stellar reputation for quality and service, and it was a privilege to be presented with the opportunity to step in and take over operations. The family legacy of this business sets a high bar!” Alexander said.
Dallas Auction Gallery was founded in 2002 to fill the need for a high-end antique auction house in Dallas that offered quality art and antiques with trustworthy, personal service. DAG was a trailblazer in the auction industry, being one of the first auction houses to embrace live online bidding. In the past 18 years, DAG has auctioned several noteworthy collections including the Collection of Mr. Sam Wyly, the Estate of Mrs. W.A. “Betty” Criswell, and the Collection of Mr. Derrill Osborn.
“2020 is presenting unique challenges to our industry and we look forward to expanding our presence online and in the showroom so we can continue to serve clients in Dallas and internationally,” Echeverry said. “The market for categories such as estate jewelry and designer handbags is stronger than ever as buyers are seeking smaller items of high value.”
Dallas Auction Gallery is now accepting consignments of fine jewelry, watches, and designer handbags for the Fine Jewelry and Luxury Accessories Auction on December 5, and paintings, silver, and decorative arts, including Texas and Western art, for the Fine and Decorative Arts Auction in January 2021.
The gallery is maintaining its Design District showroom at 2223 Monitor Street and is open for appointments from 10 am-5pm Monday-Friday. Contact DAG by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 214-653-3900.
Meet Katy Alexander and Gabe Echeverry
Katy Alexander and Gabe Echeverry, with more than a decade each of experience in fine and decorative arts, have relocated to Dallas from San Antonio, where they began their early careers in appraisals and later the auction industry.
Katy holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Arizona and spent 12 years teaching Art History at the college level. She has worked as Director of a private art gallery based in San Antonio and New York, and then as Director of Specialty Auctions at a South Texas auction house, founding and running their Texas Art department since 2013. Katy is also a former president of the Foundation for Appraisal Education.
Gabe’s expertise in decorative arts and jewelry has been a focus for his entire career. He began his career as a consultant and curator of private and institutional collections, and then as Director of Decorative Arts for an Atlanta auction house. Most recently he was Director of Luxury Estates at a South Texas auction house, where he was responsible for founding and running all auctions of high-end fine and decorative arts as well as jewelry and luxury accessories since 2016.
Gabe and Katy enjoy all aspects of the auction business, but especially working directly with clients, their families, and estates to maximize value and provide personalized service.