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John L. Marion
American auctioneer, philanthropist

John L. Marion

John L. Marion
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Intro American auctioneer, philanthropist
Is Businessperson Business executive Philanthropist Auctioneer
From United States of America
Field Business
Gender male
Birth Gardiner, Ulster County, New York, USA
Spouse: Anne Windfohr Marion
Columbia University
Fordham University
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John L. Marion is an American auctioneer and philanthropist. He served as the Chairman of Sotheby's (NYSE: BID) from 1975 to 1994.

Early life

John L. Marion was born in Gardiner, New York. His father, Louis J. Marion, was the President of Parke-Bernet Galleries. He graduated from Fordham University in New York City in 1956. He then served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He went on to study the decorative arts at Columbia University.


He started his career as an auctioneer at Sotheby's in 1960. He became President in 1972 and Chairman in 1975. During the course of his career, he oversaw the sale of Irises by Vincent van Gogh for US$53.9 million, Yo Picasso for US$47.9 million and Au Lapin Agile for US$40.7 million (both of which by Pablo Picasso), as well as Interchange by Willem de Kooning for US$20.7 million, and False Start for US$17 million and Two Flags US$12.1 million (both of which are by Jasper Johns).

In 1989, with Christopher Andersen, he co-wrote, The Best of Everything: The Insider's Guide to Collecting--For Every Taste and Every Budget, published by Simon & Schuster. The book suggests anyone can attend auctions and become a collector, even on a limited budget.

He retired in 1994. He still serves on its Advisory Board.


The John L. Marion Chair in Art History, Painting, and Sculpture at Fordham University is named in his honor. It was endowed by the Burnett Foundation, where he serves on the Board of Trustees.

Personal life

He is the fourth and current husband of philanthropist Anne Windfohr Marion. They got married at the Church of the Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City, in 1988. The ceremony was performed by Reverend C. Hugh Hildesley.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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