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Nick Dawes is the Vice President of Special Collections and Head of Automobilia at Heritage Auctions in New York. He has over 40 years in the business of antiques and is a specialist in bespoke mascots by Rene Lalique. After growing up in England, he has lived in New York since 1979, following a career as an antiques dealer, auctioneer, author and university professor, and a former auctioneer and Department Head at Sotheby’s. Nick is the author of four standard works on decorative arts, most recently ‘Bespoke Mascots’ with photographer and past Cars Yeah guest Michael Furman. This definitive book on the subject includes Michael Furman’s photographs of all Rene Lalique glass mascots. Nick says he “got into the automobile world through the radiator cap”. He is familiar to many from over 20 years of regular appearances as an expert appraiser on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ for PBS.
“Every time you get in your car it should be like you take a little vacation.” – Ferdinand Porsche
“Through life you should only do what you want to do.”
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Experiencing the general decline in popularity of antiques.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A VW Camper
Don’t drive too fast.
Lalique Glass by Nick Dawes*
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
Don’t drive too close to the guy in front of you.
WHERE TO FIND NICK
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