About Us

Capsule Auctions is New York City’s downtown art auction house, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Fine Art. Founded in 2017 by Simon Baranoff and Nicholas Thorn, Capsule’s sales present outstanding paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs that are fresh to market from prestigious estates and collections. We pride ourselves on the authenticity and the quality of our sales.

Located in the East Village of New York City, Capsule is easily accessible to top collectors and institutions. We offer curated sales including Postwar & Contemporary Art, International Fine Art, American Art, Photography & Fine Prints, 20th Century Design, Craft & Editions.

Recent highlights include exceptional original works by Leoncillo, Pietro Consagra, Jose Guerrero, Menoucher Yektai, Joan Snyder, Alexander Calder, Edward Willis Redfield, Hans Hartung, Pierre Alechinsky, Tiffany Studios, Stanislav Kolibal, Sarah Grilo, Helen Frankenthaler, Jean Michel Folon, Alice Halicka, Serge Poliakoff, José Antonio Fernández-Muro​, Antoine-Louis Barye, Charles Cordier, Robert Motherwell, Hans Wegner, Robert Natkin, John Piper, Julio Le Parc and Natvar Bhavsar.

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  • Nick Thorn, Co-founder

    Nicholas Thorn began working with his father at a young age, helping out around the Weston Thorn Antiques shop and later assisting with the production of appraisals. When Weston decided to hold an auction in 1994, Nicholas was on the front line, running property and helping to manage the sale.

    Since then he has been involved in the sale of numerous important estates and single items and has learned all aspects of the business from the ground up. His special interest is 20th Century Fine Art & Design, but is also knowledgeable in the more traditional fields of antiques and decorations. He is an auctioneer, appraiser and lecturer in the worlds of Art, Antiques & Design.

    Highlight sales in which he has participated have included the estate of Joan Rivers, property from the collection of Mike Nichols & Diane Sawyer, the estates of renowned collectors Alice Lawrence & Mary Griggs Burke and numerous others. He has been involved in the discovery of two Zao Wou-ki paintings, a Paul Gauguin original still life painting & a treasure trove of major Tiffany lamps, among many other exciting finds. In addition to over 25 years of training from his father, he is a graduate of New York University’s college of Arts & Sciences and regularly continues his education through numerous lectures, conferences and seminars through the Appraisers Association of America and other organizations.

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  • Simon Baranoff, Co-founder

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  • Tara O’Toole, Administrator

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