Jewelry Department Specialist
Elise Coronado comes from a multigenerational family of auctioneers and appraisers. Growing up in the industry has made her proficient in many facets of the auction business, from behind the scenes operations to the presentation of fine gems at sale. Mrs. Coronado is a GIA Graduate Gemologist, holding numerous Gemological Institute of America diplomas including Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Diamonds and Graduate Colored Stones credentials. She has also attended numerous appraiser association conferences and taken courses keeping her appraisal education up to par. She has been a part of Michaan’s Auctions Jewelry Department team for approximately five years as of 2016 handling all jewelry and timepiece valuations, cataloging and also assists in Gallery Auction photography and catalog layout. Mrs. Coronado assisted in the June fine sale of 2014 that brought Michaan’s first ever Kashmir sapphire to auction resulting in a price realized of $129,800 (lot 2339, $30,000-50,000). In December of 2015 she assisted in the sale of Michaan’s largest diamond to date; a round brilliant-cut 8.66 carat diamond realizing a price of $154,400 (lot 5060, $50,000-80,000).
Among Mrs. Coronado’s professional passions and favorites are period pieces of all ages and fine, untreated natural rubies. Her passion and knowledge continue to drive her to present high-quality jewelry pieces to Michaan’s Auctions patrons the world over, in Gallery Auctions.
Asian Art Specialist
Michaan’s Asian Art Specialist Annie Zeng has a lifelong passion and a lineal affinity for Asian art and Chinese history. Her father was a Professor of History at Guangxi University, her mother an artist specializing in watercolor painting. Born and raised in lush, scenic Guilin, China, Ms. Zeng spent her youth immersed in cultural studies and apprenticed for years to jade, porcelain, and painting appraisal experts in the ancient city. She grew up living history inside the walled University’s Quarters, formerly part of a Ming Dynasty palace compound.
In 1996 Ms. Zeng opened her own Bay Area Chinese art business, Mark & Period. Her areas of expertise in selling and appraisal services include jade, textiles, paintings, fine porcelain and other Chinese antiques. She confers with a large network of fellow specialists in each of these areas.
Ms. Zeng’s fine arts background is augmented by studies in the US including business and accounting, English-Chinese translation, and literature. A Bay Area resident for 27 years, she continues to further her education at the College of Marin, Kentfield, and at the de Young Museum’s Docent Lectures in Asian Art.
Michaan’s Fine Art Specialist, Mr. Paul Novak, has a wide range of auction knowledge culminating in over forty-three years of experience. Novak has been an art department founder and previously held Vice President and Director positions at Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco. He is also versed in estates and insurance appraisals, auctioneering, consulting and the sale of fine antiques. His breadth of expertise is expansive, encompassing furniture, decorative arts, European and American paintings, oriental rugs, ethnographic art, silver, prints, photographs and musical instruments (specifically pianos). Novak has worked on a number of prominent celebrity collections, including the estates of Bing Crosby, Liberace and William Holden. He has also taken part in television and radio shows, appearing in programming from KRON, KCBS, KGO and KQED.
Charity work has also been an important part of Novak’s life and his contributions have been numerous. He has donated his auction services to the American Cancer Society, the Foreign Language Institute, the Stevenson School and the U.S. Olympic Ski Team.
Fine Art Appraiser
Michaan's Auctions Fine Art Appraiser Susan Paffrath has worked for 13 years at the auction house. Prior to arriving at Michaan's, Ms. Paffrath held a fine art cataloging and inventory position at Butterfield, San Francisco. Along with her experience, she has obtained Bachelor's degrees in Art History and Studio Art from Western Washington University. In addition to her fine art appraisal services, she is Michaan's Reno-Tahoe representative, acting as a direct link to Michaan's Auctions staff, who are able to provide auction appraisals as well as historical information on antique furniture, decorations, fine art and jewelry. Susan is committed to helping you achieve the best return on your property, utilizing her network of thousands of collectors across California and abroad.
Coins, Stamps and Ephemera Specialist
Michael Rosenberg has been Michaan’s Coin and Stamp Specialist since 2005. Rosenberg has had an interest in collectible coins and stamps since he was a youth in Russia, ever since about the age of five. He learned the trade of stamp collecting under his father’s tutelage and took an interest in fine U.S. coins later in life when he set foot on American soil in 1991. In addition to his job at Michaan’s Auctions, Rosenberg personally collects coins and stamps, with his collection of Russian stamps being one of his most prideful acquisitions. He has been a member of the American Numismatic Association for over nine years and has also worked with noted names in the industry such as Chris Hammer and Ron Umile.
Michaan’s first stand-alone coin auction was held on March 6, 2015 under the direction of Rosenberg to outstanding results. The 325 lot presentation of fine coins from the estate of Barbara Riggins virtually sold out, achieving a total final price realized of over $600,000. A top lot from the sale was evidenced in number 1012, a U.S. 1875 $20.00 MS64 Liberty Head gold coin at an estimate of $10,000-12,000. This coin realized a price of over three times the high estimation, selling for a handsome $38,940.