Meet Julien's Auctions
Darren Julien is the founder of Julien's Auctions and President/Chief Executive Officer. A third-generation entrepreneur, Darren has been in the auction industry for his entire business career. As CEO he is charged with the overall vision and expansion of the Julien’s brand. He is also responsible for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the organization and heads the Global Leadership team. He is a graduate of the Reppert School of Auctioneering which was established in 1921 and earned a Reppert Diploma, a sign of excellence in the field. It is his experience, expertise and enthusiasm that has propelled Julien's Auctions to the market leader position.
Darren’s unique understanding and sincere passion for the entertainment and sports memorabilia markets led him to found Julien’s Auctions in 2004. His network and marketing talents fueled early sale partnerships with Christie’s and Sotheby’s including Property from the Estate of Johnny Cash, CHER, and designer Bob Mackie along with rock and roll and film sales.
The innovative marketing campaigns and environments created by Julien has led the auction house to the dominant position it maintains in the industry. Collaborating with the famous and exclusive, Julien’s produces high profile auctions around the world, customized for particular markets and collectors. With high profile events in the sports, film, music and art markets, Julien’s has received international recognition for its auction events that attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Darren has been responsible for the sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including the property of Marilyn Monroe, PELÉ, Mohammed Ali, Bette Midler, Joan Collins, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, the street artist Banksy, CHER, Michael Jackson, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, among many others.
In 2016, Darren oversaw the three-day auction event of MARILYN, featuring property of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg, Lord David Gainsborough-Roberts and the infamous Jean Louis dress the legend wore at Madison Square Garden in 1962. Julien’s Auctions was recently awarded its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, the Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.81 million. In 2009 Julien’s first achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove which sold for $480,000, making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction.
Julien’s vision, risk-taking, innovative marketing plans and industry reputation have created one-of-a-kind exhibition partnerships with the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland, the Museo de la Moda in Chile, the Hard Rock Café in New York, and the Palms in Las Vegas, to name a few.
Darren’s passionate focus on all things pop culture and contemporary sets Julien’s far apart in the auction industry. His innovation and differential strategy of “take the auction to the targeted buying crowd” has been responsible for much of the brand’s success. In addition, Darren’s early adoption of digital real-time bidding has enabled the company to build a truly global buying audience.
Julien regularly appears in media as an industry expert and has been featured on The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, CNN, the BBC and many other high profile news outlets. A proud native of Indiana and self-described “world traveler”, Darren lives in Los Angeles, New York and London.
Martin J. Nolan is the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and a principal of Julien’s Auctions. As CFO, he is responsible for assisting in formulating the company’s future direction and supporting tactical initiatives. He also manages the accounting, human resources, transaction processing systems, and legal and tax departments. As Executive Director, Nolan monitors and directs the implementation of strategic business plans and is a member of the Global Leadership team that manages Julien’s Auctions worldwide.
Prior to joining Julien’s in 2005, Nolan’s extensive financial background included executive positions on Wall Street for over a decade with Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan Chase. A graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering, Martin earned a Reppert Diploma, the sign of excellence in the field of auctioneering. Martin’s efforts are also concentrated on developing and expanding the company’s presence in Europe, Australia and Asia where Julien’s has maintained continued success with Nolan’s impressive global relationships. He has led Julien’s to build an ever-expanding international client base managing the company’s proprietary relationships with international exhibition partners such as the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland, The Museo de la Moda in Chile and The Mall Galleries in London which presented the 2016 record-breaking auction Pelé: THE COLLECTION featuring property of the three-time World Cup Champion, FIFA Player of the Century and Brazilian Football icon.
Nolan’s passion for popular culture and the auction industry is only matched by his dedication to philanthropic efforts alongside Julien’s Auctions. A firm believer in the power of celebrity, Martin routinely assists charities in raising much needed funds and has conducted auctions for numerous high profile organizations including MusiCares, the Recording Academy charity that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in need.
As a principal of Julien’s, Martin has been responsible for the planning and execution of high profile artifact auctions and collections. The innovative marketing campaigns and environments created by Julien’s Auctions has led the auction house to the dominant position it maintains in the industry. Collaborating with the famous and exclusive, Julien’s produces high profile auctions around the world, customized for particular markets and collectors. With high profile events in the sports, film, music and art markets, Julien’s has received international recognition for its auction events that attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Martin has managed the sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including the property of Marilyn Monroe, PELÉ, Mohammed Ali, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, CHER, Michael Jackson, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, among many others.
In 2016, Martin oversaw the three-day auction event of MARILYN, featuring property of famed acting coach Lee Strasberg, Lord David Gainsborough-Roberts and the infamous Jean Louis dress worn by the legend at Madison Square Garden in 1962. Julien’s Auctions was recently awarded its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, the Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.81 million.
Martin regularly appears on broadcast programs and international networks including the Today Show, CNN, CNBC the BBC and Reuters representing Julien’s Auctions in the global media. Born and raised in Athlone, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, he resides in Los Angeles and New York.
Jason is responsible for the management, operations and organization of the company, along with an additional emphasis in overall marketing, new media, and helping the company to build on their Hollywood and Rock ‘N’ Roll categories.
Jason was born and raised in Northern California, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television and a Bachelor of Arts in English from CSU Sacramento.
In 2007, Jason launched the industry first Original Prop Blog website, which he created to benefit and serve the public interests of the art market. The site features thousands of articles about collecting, authentication, news, opinion and more.
In 2012, Jason created the Rock Subculture Journal website, which publishes his own work as a photojournalist with original concert reviews and Rock ‘N’ Roll photography. Jason has photographed hundreds of music artists at live events as press spanning a wide range of eras and genres, building a portfolio of hundreds of thousands of Rock ‘N’ Roll photographs.
Jason brings over a decade of experience in building brands specializing in pop culture, fandom, and the collecting markets to Julien’s Auctions. Jason is focused on expanding into related market segments, leveraging his expertise in a wide range of collectibles and memorabilia.
Jason worked as a Producer for ABC Studios on Prop Culture, a new anthology docuseries about movie props and costumes that is streaming on Disney+.
Jason brings over a decade of experience in building brands specializing in pop culture, fandom, and the collecting markets to Julien’s Auctions. Jason is focused on expanding into related market segments, leveraging his expertise in a wide range of collectibles and memorabilia. A collector himself, Jason has extensive experience in many roles in a variety of art markets, from movie and television props and costumes to stage and studio used instruments and wardrobe from Rock ‘N’ Roll to comic books, vintage gaming, toys and more.
Michelle Koontz joined Julien’s team in 2021 and is responsible for finance, accounting and IT. She holds a Master of Business Administration from UC Irvine and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance from CSU Long Beach. Prior to joining Julien’s, she worked at Fluor in various roles in IT, Supply Chain and the Energy & Chemicals business group. She has also held finance and accounting positions in various industries. She is a California native and enjoys traveling and hiking.
Margaret Barrett, a California native who graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and History, has been working in the auction business for a number of years. She’s held the positions of Cataloger/Specialist in the Entertainment Memorabilia Department at Butterfield & Butterfield in Los Angeles; Assistant Vice-President and Head of the Popular Arts Department at Christie’s in New York; Head of the Entertainment Memorabilia Department at Bonhams in Los Angeles; and Head of the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Department at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. Margaret has directed, managed, and sold numerous celebrity estates and is thrilled to now be part of the team at Julien’s Auctions. She continues to study the history of film by participating in and/or attending film fests, screenings, lectures, seminars, classes, tours, board meetings, and exhibits throughout the year and she is a longtime member of Hollywood Heritage, Inc., The Los Angeles Conservancy, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Additionally, she was awarded a ‘key to the city’ from the mayor of Jonesboro, Georgia [hometown to ancestors of “Gone with the Wind” author, Margaret Mitchell] for her work implementing a historic “Gone with the Wind” exhibition there.
Originally interested in business management, Joanna worked as a Merchandise Supervisor for Santa Monica amusements, over eight years. Now at Julien’s Auctions, Joanna is the operations logistics manager, overseeing receipt and allocation of consignments among different bits of the company. Joanna finds inspiration in all things art, music, and sports making Julien’s Auctions an ideal space to work.
While on a creative endeavor she studied Shakespeare and English literature, favorite reads include Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, etc.
Michael Edwards was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Joining the Julien’s team in 2016, he brings a deep knowledge of warehouse operations and unparalleled experience in the prep and handling of fine art and collectibles. Prior to joining the Julien’s team, Michael managed the Designer Services Shipping Department for a major Los Angeles moving company. Michael loves the outdoors and his cats Dr. Figaro Chookles, Phillip and The Moondancer.
Summer has been passionate about photography since she was young. She shot her first roll of film, which was entirely of her dog, when she was eight years old. She attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where she attained a B.A. in Professional Photography. While working for Bonhams & Butterfields, she continued her interest and development as an exhibiting fine art photographer. In 2011 she joined the Julien's team where she brings her enthusiasm, experience, and love of creative photography to the company.
Kody Frederick joined Julien’s following 6 years of work in various roles in TV and Film Production.
After graduation from Boise State University with a degree in Economics, Kody left his home roots of Idaho to explore his more creative side, finding work as a Producer with Cinema Relics. This opportunity helped establish Kody’s understanding of TV and Film production and over six years Kody would be involved with various projects ranging from/though not limited to; the development of CNBC’s West Texas Investors Club (2014), Producer and star of YouTube fan favorite Fan-O-Rama: A Futurama Fan Film (2016) to his role as a Segment Producer on the Disney+ docuseries, Prop Culture (2020).
Currently Kody’s role as Gallery Director range from the oversight of gallery and event operations to the production and management of future Julien’s Auctions marketing events and outreach.
Kody strives to contribute to Julien’s Auctions recognition as the #1 Auction House for celebrity estates and Rock ‘N’ Roll ephemera by implementing new and innovative strategies to help expand their reach and building a brand that people describe as more of an experience than a lot number.
Ryan Gorcey comes to Julien’s Auctions from the world of journalism, having been a long-form, feature-driven sports writer for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he told the stories of the people behind sports’ most compelling moments at every level. As a long-form, feature-driven sports writer, he covered bowl games, the NCAA Tournament, the College World Series, the NBA Finals and Major League Baseball for FOX Sports, Yahoo! Sports and as the sports editor of the San Francisco Examiner before returning home to Southern California and meeting his fiancé. A Los Angeles native, Ryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) with high honors in English in 2008. His honors thesis focused on the literary history connecting two of his greatest passions: Arthurian myth and modern comic book superheroes. An expert on everything from obscure baseball stats and uniform stitching to background Star Wars and Star Trek characters, Ryan works with items from a broad range of categories including Hollywood, Rock ‘N’ Roll and -- of course -- Sports.
Being raised in a family of antique collectors, Mitchell early on developed a fascination for rare and unique objects. As a child he spent much of his free time collecting photographs and ephemera and hunting flea markets for lost treasures. His love of history later inspired him to travel the world where he made his home in a number of diverse locations including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Alaska, Japan, Bangkok, and Istanbul. While living in New York he attended NYU and honed his research skills by working on notable projects such as curating antique books for an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, interning at Swann Auction Galleries, and providing appraisal consultation work for various television productions including American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and Storage Wars.
Mitchell spent over eight years as a rare book dealer in Seattle, over five years as a principal appraiser for HW Inc. in New York City, and has been a defining member of the Julien's Auctions team in Los Angeles since 2013 where his specialties include fine and decorative art, printed and recorded media, and Hollywood and Rock 'N' Roll memorabilia
Mitchell is a member of the National Auctioneers Association, a graduate of the appraisal studies program at NYU, and has successfully completed the USPAP course and exam which highlights the congressionally recognized standards promoted by the Appraisal Foundation.
Ricardo (Ricky) Limon was born and raised in California. Ricky comes to Julien's with an extensive background in warehouse management, most recently the Estate of Michael Jackson. In 2010, Ricky joined the Julien's team.
Jennifer Lorenzi is from Miami, FL and has earned degrees at Florida State University while studying in London, England (B.A., Art History) and Istituto Marangoni, in Milan, Italy (Intensive Diploma Fashion Design). Jennifer previously worked at Kerry Taylor and Augusta auction houses as well as with top New York designers, stylists, art galleries and museums. She currently specializes with the costume and fashion collections at Julien’s Auctions.
Nima holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Technical University of Berlin [Technische Universität Berlin] and a Master of Science degree from Steven's Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Since 2001, he has been working in information technology in multiple capacities such as network administrator, software developer, project manager, and founder. In 2007 he co-founded the auction software platform SAM and sold it to Bidpath in 2015 where it is used by numerous auction houses. He has been the Data Manager at Julien's Auctions since 2017, where he is integral to the electronic set-up of every auction conducted throughout the year.
Adrian has competed in sports since a young age starting with every school sport he could sign up for. With the encouragement and support of his family, Adrian competed in the Junior Olympic Archery Development Program (JOAD). After just a few years of hard work and dedication Adrian was ranked in the JOAD’s top 5 U.S.A archer’s multiple years in a row, including being a backup for the Olympics. Since then, Adrian has passed on the enjoyment of Archery by teaching at youth camps, schools, clubs, and events to everyone of all ages.
After finding a love for the challenge and spirit of competition, Adrian and his family has continued to compete in many different sports at varying levels to this day. Recently NKA dirt track racing and USPSA practical shooting competitions at a local and regional level.
Adrian is a fan of all sports and since 2020 has brought his passion, knowledge and hunger for learning to Julien’s auction house.
Stephen was born and raised in the San Fernando valley. He plays drums and bass guitar and has a passion for making music. Stephen worked at Tiffen/Steadicam and helped do electronics work and put together one of their new rigs. He worked as a plant nursery groundskeeper and salesman for about 2 years. Stephen attended Santa Monica College and Los Angeles Valley College.
Hillary inherited her interest in the film industry from her father, who worked for MGM for over 40 years beginning in 1929. Hillary has worked with many well known film directors, producers and writers, including Barbra Streisand (on “Yentl”), Tony Bill (“Six Weeks”), Jeff Kanew (“Tough Guys”) and Jon Peters (“Caddyshack”). She also partnered in a very successful Academy Award winning independent production company for over 20 years, producing the films as well as running the office and handling business affairs. It was during this period that she received an Academy Award nomination and became a member of the Academy, where she serves on several Executive Committees. She is delighted to be a member of Julien's Auctions staff as the Office Administrator which enables her to assist in the many facets of setting up the auctions.
Ken knew at 11 years of age he wanted to move to Los Angeles to be involved with the Entertainment Industry. He moved to Los Angeles at age 19 from Ohio and put himself through school, earning a degree in Electronic Communications Engineering as well as studying Business Administration at Cal State Dominguez Hills and University of Phoenix.
Ken’s three decade career with prominent 90,000 sq. ft. Hollywood prop house came to a close in 2020 where he started as a Sales Associate and ended as President, while continuing to be involved with every aspect of company operations including Designer, Buyer-(involving international travel), Customer Service, Sales and Warehouse Management, Human Resources, Advertising and Marketing, Inventory and Quality Control, Shipping/Receiving.
Ken received Emmy Honors award in 1998 for outstanding Art Direction contributions from the Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences.
Ken’s designs, artwork and inspirations have been seen in thousands of feature films, TV shows, commercials, videos and magazines, from “Austin Powers”, “Spiderman” and “Star Trek” to “Big Bang Theory”, “Modern Family” and “Agents Of Shield” to every type of product advertisement such as BMW, Dell, Taco Bell and AT&T.
Tyler has lived in Southern California his entire life. He has had a diverse background of jobs. He’s been a dockhand, a server, a laborer, ski patrol, gym manager, warehouse worker/driver and in construction management. He enjoys boating, rock climbing, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Two of his favorite shows are American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow. He comes to Julien’s with a great appreciation for authenticity, beauty, and history.
Isabel Yeo was born and raised in Singapore, where her family continues to reside today. Isabel loves to travel and has visited numerous countries in Europe, Asia, as well as various cities in the U.S, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Connecticut at the age of sixteen, and moved to Los Angeles in 2006. Isabel began her studies in Art History, French, and Business Administration as a freshman at the University of Southern California. While in college, Isabel interned and worked part-time at various art galleries in Los Angeles, as well as Christie's and Bonham's. Her interest in gemology and the jewelry market has led her to pursue a Gemological Graduate degree at the Gemological Institute of America. Isabel joined the Julien's family in January 2011.