Emmanuel Di Donna leaves Sotheby's to become private advisor
Emmanuel Di Donna, a Sotheby’s vice chairman and head of impressionist and modern evening sales, has left the auction house to become a New York-based private dealer and advisor. “I had 17 fabulous years at Sotheby’s, but after a while, it’s good to renew oneself,” Di Donna, 38, told The Art Newspaper. Di Donna, along with Simon Shaw, was the public face of Sotheby’s evening impressionist and modern art auctions in New York. Born is France, he has been based in Sotheby’s New York office for the past five years. Sotheby’s does not plan to replace him. Shaw will oversee the evening auctions, aided by other long-serving departmental staff, David Norman, worldwide co-chairman of the impressionist and modern art department who has been with the firm since 1985 and Charles Moffett, the vice-chairman of the impressionist and modern art department in New York, who came aboard in 1998.