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 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 40 years. That’s why so many trust Hughes Estate Sales to auction art, estate jewelry, decorative arts and other family heirlooms. Located in Los Angeles County, we pride ourselves on providing a complete range of auction and estate liquidation services throughout Southern California that result in higher returns for our clients. We specialize in auctioning collections of art, estate jewelry, collectibles, vintage vehicles, and more. 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.

    Jonpaul Balak

    Photographer & Auction Clerk

    Jonpaul “JP” Balak is our talented Photographer & Auction Clerk. He began learning the trade from his professional photographer father and later studied at Santa Monica College. As Clerk, you’ll see him on stage at our live auctions tracking bids. JP holds a BA in Musicology from UCLA and can be found performing internationally with The Tikiyaki Orchestra.

    Liz Hesik Hughes

    Marketing & Development

    Liz Hesik Hughes brings her love of art history and contemporary art to Hughes Auctions. She has an extensive background in contemporary art curating and arts management, along with documentary film production. Before coming to Hughes, she was Project Director for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time project on Post-War avant garde film production in Los Angeles, a movement truly immersed in the Mid-Century Los Angeles art scene. Liz holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

    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.

    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.

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