Susie Goodman (b. 1969, Johannesburg) is an aficionado of the art auction business who loves every aspect of the auction process. She has a broad knowledge of the art market and extensive experience in the auction world, both locally and internationally. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts (Art History) at the University of Cape Town, Susie furthered her studies with Christie’s Education. She served an internship at Christie’s King Street in London, following which she took up a position in the auction house’s client advisory department. She remained with the auction house for nine years, eventually heading up its advisory department and becoming an associate director.
Susie is a qualified auctioneer and has conducted numerous auctions in both Strauss & Co’s and Christie’s salerooms. While at Christie’s, Susie was involved in a number of record-breaking sales of single-owner collections, including the Rothschild Collection, the collection of Lord Cholmondeley of Houghton Hall and Princess Salimah Aga Khan’s jewellery collection. She was also part of an auction related to the restitution of Nazi-looted art in Vienna. Following the economic crash in the early 1990s, Susie played an essential role in pioneering and developing buyer’s programmes for Christie’s and restoring the art market, travelling between Geneva, New York, Hong Kong and London.
Susie, who is also a potter, returned to South Africa in 2006. She joined Strauss & Co in 2011, specialising in client advisory services, an area that remains central to her responsibilities. She has a particular passion for developing strong relationships with private collectors and buyers over all sale categories, joining artworks and buyers and advising on the building of new collections. Susie has maintained close associations with the global art market, particularly in London, while developing strong relationships with private collectors in South Africa.
Susie was appointed General Manager of our Johannesburg offices in 2015. She works out of our Johannesburg office.