There’s no doubt Roberta Kramer, Senior Vice President of the largest auction house founded in the U.S., Heritage Auctions, has a keen eye. Before joining HA in 2016, when she opened the company’s first regional office in the Midwest, Kramer’s 25-year career in the art and antiques industry has included stints at Hindman Auctions, Susanin’s Auctions and her own firm, Roberta Kramer & Associates, founded in 2001. Today, she helms the Chicago and New York offices of HA— which recently made headlines after a two-day event ended as the second-highest-grossing Hollywood auction in history thanks to the sale of a Star Wars X-Wing fighter model for $3.1 million. Here, we check in with Kramer as she shares the must have items that infuse luxury into her life.
“Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn is a long-time favorite, and his gallerist, Carrie Secrist, is opening a new space. I see something new every time I view Eichhorn’s work. The fascinating collage work, brilliant colors and reference to succulents—my plant of choice—all speak to me.” Stephen Eichhorn, “Opuntia Expanded” (2023), secristgallery.com
“Routine, simple pleasures elevate every day, and this serum is indispensable.” Westman Atelier Skin Activator, westman-atleier.com
“Winning a sparkling bauble or luxury bag at auction is such a thrill.” David Webb ceylon purple sapphire, diamond, turquoise, platinum and white gold ring, jewelry.ha.com
“A gorgeous and timely coffee table book is always right.” A House That Made History, rizzoliusa.com
“This scent evokes Cape Cod, my beloved annual escape since childhood.” Salt Marsh Rose candle, dsanddurga.com
“I’m loyal by nature—Tito’s is my spirit of choice.” titosvodka.com
"Fifi, a sweet hearing-impaired bulldog, is the latest addition to our brood of adorable adoptees." pawschicago.org