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About Toomey & Co.


Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is considered one of the premiere specialty auction houses in the country and has been conducting auctions since 1987. We hold several carefully curated auctions each year. Our departments include: Fine Art, Early 20th Century Design, Modern Design, Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts, Silver & Objects of Vertu, and Fine Jewelry & Timepieces.

Along with our focus on Modern and Contemporary Art & Design, we handle works from a variety of periods and are always seeking consignments ranging from a single item to an entire collection or estate. Our 2016 and 2017 schedules each included additional single-owner auctions dedicated to works from the Estate of Candice B. Groot and the Estate of Joan and Milton Baxt. Our 2018 schedule included the inaugural Tradition & Innovation auction, now recurring annually in early December, and 2019 included a single-owner auction dedicated to The Paul and Terry Somerson Collection of 20th and 21st Century Metalwork and Jewelry.

In 2020, Riley Humler, formerly of Humler & Nolan, joined Toomey & Co. as its Director of Ceramics. Humler has over 30 years experience in the auction business, extensive knowledge of ceramics, and an outstanding reputation in the industry. He is currently the President of the American Art Pottery Association and has appeared as an appraiser on the PBS show Antiques Roadshow. In 1991, he curated and sold the Glover Collection, considered the most important sale of Rookwood pottery to date. Humler operates from an office in Cincinnati, helping expand Toomey & Co.’s reach in that historic region.


Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is the second generation of our business. After 30 years of successful auctions, December 2017 marked our final sale as partners in Treadway Toomey Auctions, a pioneer in selling 20th-century art and design.

Located in Oak Park, the first suburb west of Chicago, Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is surrounded by a vibrant arts community including Prairie School architecture by prominent architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, William Eugene Drummond, George Washington Maher, and Marion Mahony Griffin.