About James Niven

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Licensed Real Estate Salesperson | Manhattan

After over 20 years in the art world, Mr. Niven has joined the Leighton Candler Team and as a real estate consultant, combining his passion for Art and the properties in which they reside.

Mr. Niven was Chairman of the Americas at Sotheby’s from 2006 to 2015 and is currently the Chairman of Athena Art Finance Board of Directors. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, he was Chairman of Global Natural Resources, and he started his career in the corporate finance division of LehmanBrothers.

With strong ties to the not-for-profit community, Mr. Niven is a trustee of The Museum of Modern Art, Chairman of The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, and is on the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He joined the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies in June 2016 and serves as Co-Chairman of CASA Columbia’s board.

A former Sotheby’s auctioneer, Mr. Niven has conducted over 550 benefit auctions, helping raise over $500 million for charitable causes.

As a consultant to the Leighton Candler Team, Jamie brings with him a profound knowledge of Art and Architecture, as well as the invaluable relationships he built throughout his tenured career.


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