Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com)has moved its global headquarters into a new state-of-the-art, 160,000-square foot facility and multi-purpose campus, befitting its status as the largest auction house founded in America. Heritage is currently ramping up for a massive Animation Art Auction (June 19-21), including one of the largest collections of artwork from Disney’s Peter Pan ever brought to market, including masterpieces by David Hall and Mary Blair, and the largest offering items hand-signed by Walt Disney.
As of June 1, Heritage Auctions’ global headquarters is now located at 2801 W. Airport Freeway, Dallas, Texas, which is adjacent to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and in its foreign trade zone. Transwestern Principal Nora Hogan facilitated the move, with additional support from Principal Robert Deptula and Vice President Jordan Wade. Mark Hayes with HPI Real Estate Services and Investments represented the landlord, Bandera Ventures.
The new headquarters, less than 30 minutes from both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, is twice the size of Heritage’s longtime home at 3500 Maple Avenue, and now consolidates its three separate Dallas locations under a single roof. The single-story complex spans the length of nearly three football fields.
Nearly 450 of Heritage’s more than 600 employees occupy its new headquarters.
In the works for more than a year, this consolidation is the most significant expansion in the firm’s history, and comes at just the right moment.
Heritage is already renowned as the world’s largest collectibles auction house a global leader in coins, comic books, sports, animation and entertainment memorabilia, among 40 categories. In recent years, however, the company has made dramatic and significant expansions into the realms of fine art, fine and rare jewelry and timepieces, luxury handbags, rare wines and historic nature and science artifacts. The move to the expansive new facility will increase operational efficiencies and allow Heritage to better serve its more than 1 million clients, both buyers and consigners from across the globe.
The new headquarters features an 8,000 square foot gallery showroom for invitational art exhibitions and events, such as collectibles shows.
“We are excited to now be in the middle of Dallas-Fort Worth near one of the world’s largest airports,” said CEO and Co-Founder Steve Ivy. “This location and facility will better serve all of our clients, including bidders and consignors who visit our showrooms or consign with us.”
“After reviewing all available options, Heritage Auctions decided to start with a clean slate under one location that still allows for superior worldwide customer service to clients,” said Hogan. “Located at the intersection of two major highways, this space allows Heritage to easily serve out-of-town clients as well as DFW residents who need appraisals. This location also allows them to serve the metroplex while keeping a Dallas address, which is where the company started and is considered an integral part of the Heritage legacy.”
For animation fans, Heritage’s curators have offered up their favorite items form the upcoming Animation Art Auction.
Jim Lentz – Director, Animation Art:
- Peter Pan Peter and Wendy on the Jolly Roger Concept Painting by David Hall Original Art (Walt Disney, 1940)
- Walt Disney Signed 2-Page Letter to Stockholders (Walt Disney, 1941)
- “The Art of the Disney Store” Seven Dwarfs Store Display (Walt Disney, c. 1990s)
- Pinocchio Preliminary Concept Painting by Gustaf Tenggren (Walt Disney, 1940)
Steve Wetzel – Cataloger, Animation Art
- The Mouse Factory “The Mystery of Mickey’s Ears Revealed” Illustration by Ward Kimball Original Art (Walt Disney, c. 1970s)
- Mary Blair Ceramic Sculpture (Walt Disney, c. 1970s)
- Eyvind Earle The Shadow of Maleficent Sleeping Beauty Diorama Disneyland Painting (Walt Disney, 1959)
David Tosh – Animation Art Cataloger
- Mary Blair Peter Pan Original Concept Painting Original Art (Walt Disney, 1953)
- The Three Caballeros Production Cel Courvoisier Setup with Walt Disney Signature (Walt Disney, 1944)
- Peanuts Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown Snoopy and Woodstock Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background and Animation Drawings (Bill Melendez, 1977)
- Rabbit Rampage Bugs Bunny Production Cel (Warner Brothers, 1955)
Bill King – Consignment Director
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Full Cast Production Cel Setup on Pan Production Background Signed by Mike Maltese (Hanna-Barbera, 1969)
- The Simpsons “The Homer They Fall” Bart Simpson Production Cel (Fox, 1996)
- Bully for Bugs Bugs Bunny Production Cel (Warner Brothers, 1953)
- Heavy Metal Taarna Production Cel on Key Master Production Background (Columbia, 1981)
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Blue-Eyed Grinch Production Cel Signed by Chuck Jones (MGM, 1966)