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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.

SHOW SPONSORS  

Covercraft   •   MetronGarage   •   Christopher Kimball Financial Services

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“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

AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE 

Don’t drive too fast.

RESOURCES 

Heritage Auctions

BOOK RECOMMENDATION

Lalique Glass by Nick Dawes*

Bespoke Mascots by Nick Dawes* and Michael Furman*

Automotive Jewelry by Michael Furman*

PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE

Don’t drive too close to the guy in front of you.

WHERE TO FIND NICK

Heritage Auctions

 

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One comment
  1. Great quote from Nick! “We need to own the past , not just the present” . That makes us multi-dimensional, not just one dimensional. I have his books on Lalique, he is quite the expert , the foremost in the field.

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