Marc is Chairman of Christie’s in North and South America, and a member of the Executive Management Group of Christie’s.
Over his 25 years with the company, Mr. Porter has worked in a series of roles in Specialist and Management divisions. Most recently, he directed the Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection, which Christie’s sold in Spring 2018. The Rockefeller Collection was the largest collection to ever appear at auction, as well as the most valuable collection to be sold for philanthropic causes.
Mr. Porter has been involved with the evolution and growth of the global art business, including Online Commerce, Restitution and Private Sales. Mr. Porter created Christie’s first-ever series of online sales on behalf of The Estate of Elizabeth Taylor and The Estate of Andy Warhol, which have developed into one of Christie’s three primary sales channels. In the Restitution field Mr. Porter has led Christie’s efforts in its groundbreaking acknowledgment of matters regarding World War II period exspoliation and national patrimony issues. Mr. Porter has led many of the most important Private Sales at Christie’s for artists from Rembrandt to Eakins. He was previously International Head of Private Sales.
Mr. Porter earned a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a law degree from Yale Law School. He has held positions with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the office of the general counsel of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He currently serves on the boards of the New York Botanical Garden and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art American Friends. Mr. Porter lives in New York City.