The 2nd generation estate seller that's still second to none

About Hughes Estate Sales in Los Angeles

Whether you’re a buyer or seller, estate sales and auctions in Los Angeles can be particularly difficult to navigate. We’re a family owned and operated company and have been an industry leader for more than 35 years. That’s why so many trust Hughes Estate Sales. Located in Los Angeles County, we pride ourselves on providing a complete range of estate liquidation services throughout Southern California. From our consignment store locations, we help clients reduce stress by offering a secure, discreet, and convenient service that results in higher returns. Our estate auctions reach a worldwide audience with a competitive bidding format. Hughes is a member of the Antiques & Collectibles National Association (ACNA), an Accredited Estate Liquidator with the American Society of Estate Liquidators (ASEL), and is certified by the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

Est. 1978

A Little Hughes History

Credited with helping ignite the re-birth of Old Town Pasadena's antique and art scene, our founder Larry Hughes opened his first storefront named "Riff Raff" on Holly Street in 1978. Specializing in vintage California Pottery and 20th century art and collectibles, Larry then pioneered the antique mall concept when he opened Holly Street Bazaar in 1980. In its heyday, it housed 50 dealers and was regularly featured in travel magazines and collector's guides from as far away as Japan. Larry then opened his first eponymous consignment store in Pasadena's Playhouse District, where he built a loyal following of estate sale customers all over Los Angeles who appreciated his eclectic mix of American, European and Asian antiques, collectibles and fine art. Larry retired in 2006 from the estate sale business and handed over Hughes to his son, Todd.

Who we are

    Sameen Alam

    Vehicle Specialist

    A self-proclaimed hobbyist/enthusiast/aficionado, Sameen Alam grew up in the Pasadena area with automobilia in his blood, completing his first full restoration at 22 on his father’s 1969 FIAT 850 Spider.  Since then, he has been involved in every aspect of the automotive subculture ranging from brokerage to fabrication. He keeps his finger on the automotive pulse by actively participating in shows, events, and interacting frequently with other hobbyists and enthusiasts.

    Sophia D’Auria

    Client Relations

    Sophia D’Auria assists with Client Relations and is the first contact many have with Hughes Estate Sales. For the past ten years, she has worked in the design industry for a high-end furniture and lighting manufacturer running operations, project managing, product development, and customer relations. Working there, she became a woodworker, metalworker, and electrician, and since 2014 she has run her own business designing and manufacturing artist-made craft lighting called SoPhab Design. She is an avid collector and grew up surrounded by antique collectors, namely her father who was a dealer of antiques during the late 60’s in Argentina.

    Jonpaul Balak

    Photographer

    Jonpaul Balak is responsible for providing visual representation for all on-site, showroom, and Internet sales. He began learning the trade from his professional photographer father, and later studied photography at Santa Monica College. JP also holds a BA in Musicology from UCLA and can be found performing with The Tikiyaki Orchestra and the Insect Surfers.

    Liz Hesik

    Marketing & Development

    Liz Hesik comes to Hughes with an extensive background in non-profit fundraising and documentary filmmaking. Lady Trojans (2008), her feature length documentary, has screened internationally. Her short documentary film The Ojai Valley (2000) screened at the Museum of Modern Art.  She earned her MFA in Film/Video from CalArts and BA in Cultural Anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College.

    Todd Hughes

    Owner / Operator

    Todd Hughes grew up in Pasadena learning the estate business from our founder: his father Larry. In addition to an extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques, Todd has a special interest in unique ephemera, mid-century modern design and contemporary art. From 1997-2000, he ran a retail store specializing in these items on Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena. And in 2001 he opened a fine art gallery in South Pasadena dealing in contemporary art with a focus on Los Angeles artists. Having worked directly with his father for over 20 years, Todd’s professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm for the family business carries on to this day.

    Kari Lung

    Head of Research

    Kari Lung oversees the appraisal of art, antiques and collectibles. Because such items can fluctuate in popularity and price, she is always up-to-date on current trends. Kari completed her American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at UC Irvine, receiving accreditation in 2012.

    Adrian Ramirez

    Operations Assistant

    Adrian Ramirez is part of our packing and moving team and ensures that all items are delivered safely to our facilities. Fun fact: Javier and Adrian are brothers!

    Javier Ramirez

    Operations Assistant

    Javier Ramirez is part of our packing and moving team and ensures that all items are delivered safely to our facilities. Fun fact: Javier and Adrian are brothers!

    Daniel Robles

    Showroom Manager

    Daniel Robles manages all aspects of Showroom inventory, including merchandizing, staging, and research. He comes to us with extensive and varied experience handling antique, vintage, and collectible furniture, décor and clothing. Most recently, Daniel worked with 1933 Group, the owners of impeccably stylish bars in Los Angeles (Bigfoot Lodge, Thirsty Crow, Sassafras, and Highland Park Bowl) known for their stunning vintage renovation projects. In 2013, he helped launch Brown Paper LA, a boutique event and catering company, steering them in the appropriate direction for brand development and aesthetic synchronicity. In 2011, he was creative director of his own mobile vintage boutique, selling a curated collection of vintage clothing, mid century art, kitschy décor, and high-end antiques out of a renovated vintage trailer. He designed a vintage reconstruction men’s clothing line for his boutique, taking existing vintage garments and transforming them into contemporary pieces. He is a graduate of the Fashion Design Program at FIDM-Los Angeles.

    Tony Rodriguez

    Head of Sales

    Tony Rodriguez  has been buying and selling fine art and antiques for over 40 years. Tony moved to Key West from Madrid in 1980, where he starting selling at regional antique shows, becoming known for Native American rugs, art and Art Deco jewelry. In 1983, Tony came to Southern California and opened an antique shop called Piccolo Mondo in Ventura while also selling at the burgeoning regional antique shows. Tony and Larry Hughes met in the early 1990s while they occupied neighboring booths at an antique show in Pasadena and worked together closely until Larry retired in 2006.

    Eliezer Roldan

    Operations Team Leader

    Eliezer Roldan leads our packing and moving team, working closely with the Onsite Showroom Manager to ensure that all items are delivered safely to our facilities. In addition to working at Hughes, he is a full time student. In his spare time, enjoys hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains and working on American “muscle” cars.

    Megan Sinclair

    Online Sales Specialist

    Megan Sinclair came to Hughes with an extensive online retail sales management background and an expertise in vintage clothing and décor. She holds a BFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and worked in the motion picture industry for many years in the Property and Set Decorating Departments. She is an expert seamstress, specializing in vintage clothing restoration and, amazingly, owns over 75 vintage cardigan sweaters.

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