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In the last decade, Heinrich Schweizer has sold over $360 million worth of Premodern African and Pacific Art, more than any other expert in these categories. This has been accomplished through an unprecedented number of record-setting prices in auctions and private sales, including the current world-records in both collecting fields, African and Pacific Art. His portfolio of transactions includes sales of individual masterpieces to preeminent public and private collections worldwide, and sales of entire collections such as the Masco Collection of Pacific Art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), at the time the highest-value transaction of Pacific Art in history.

Prior to founding Schweizer Premodern in 2015, Mr. Schweizer was Sotheby’s Head of African and Oceanic Art in New York from 2006–2015. During this time he had a tremendous impact on the Premodern African and Pacific Art market, introducing new standards for scholarship and re-contextualizing Premodern African and Pacific Art as universal art forms. He presented the most important collections to come to market, orchestrated the highest totaling auctions of the last decade, and grew annual sales more than twentyfold. In November 2014, he established Premodern African Art as one of the highest-value categories of sculpture: the sale of the Kunin Senufo Female Statue for $12 million set a new world record for African Art, shattering the previous record by $5 million. Mr. Schweizer has made Premodern African and Pacific Art accessible to a vastly expanded audience and effectively spearheaded the transformation of a niche market into a major collecting category.

Mr. Schweizer holds a J.D. (Doctor of Law) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, where he studied law, art history and philosophy. He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2004–2005), focusing on foundation and trust law, as well as a Research Fellow at the UNIDROIT International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in Rome (2002), focusing on cultural property protection laws. He is an alumnus of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Germany’s national merit foundation for academic excellence recognizing the top 0.5% of each academic year. 

The son of a sculptor and a painter, Mr. Schweizer began collecting Premodern African and Pacific Art when he was ten. He has published numerous articles in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, as well as in law journals such as the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. His most recent book is Visions of Grace, a general introduction to Premodern African Art based on the private collection of Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, published in 2014.

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In the last decade, Heinrich Schweizer has sold over $360 million worth of Premodern African and Pacific Art, more than any other expert in these categories. This has been accomplished through an unprecedented number of record-setting prices in auctions and private sales, including the current world-records in both collecting fields, African and Pacific Art. His portfolio of transactions includes sales of individual masterpieces to preeminent public and private collections worldwide, and sales of entire collections such as the Masco Collection of Pacific Art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), at the time the highest-value transaction of Pacific Art in history.

Prior to founding Schweizer Premodern in 2015, Mr. Schweizer was Sotheby’s Head of African and Oceanic Art in New York from 2006–2015. During this time he had a tremendous impact on the Premodern African and Pacific Art market, introducing new standards for scholarship and re-contextualizing Premodern African and Pacific Art as universal art forms. He presented the most important collections to come to market, orchestrated the highest totaling auctions of the last decade, and grew annual sales more than twentyfold. In November 2014, he established Premodern African Art as one of the highest-value categories of sculpture: the sale of the Kunin Senufo Female Statue for $12 million set a new world record for African Art, shattering the previous record by $5 million. Mr. Schweizer has made Premodern African and Pacific Art accessible to a vastly expanded audience and effectively spearheaded the transformation of a niche market into a major collecting category.

Mr. Schweizer holds a J.D. (Doctor of Law) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, where he studied law, art history and philosophy. He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2004–2005), focusing on foundation and trust law, as well as a Research Fellow at the UNIDROIT International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in Rome (2002), focusing on cultural property protection laws. He is an alumnus of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Germany’s national merit foundation for academic excellence recognizing the top 0.5% of each academic year. 

The son of a sculptor and a painter, Mr. Schweizer began collecting Premodern African and Pacific Art when he was ten. He has published numerous articles in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, as well as in law journals such as the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts. His most recent book is Visions of Grace, a general introduction to Premodern African Art based on the private collection of Drs. Daniel and Marian Malcolm, published in 2014.