Principals & Specialists
Jeff Jeffers is the Principal Auctioneer and CEO of Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, where he leads a dynamic and experienced team of industry professionals. Additionally, Jeff is the owner of Garth's Auctions, Inc., one of the Midwest’s oldest premier auction houses, owning a reputation for honesty and integrity and a passion for the antiques and art world. Under Jeffers' leadership, Garth’s has grown into an internationally recognized brand in the antiques and art marketplace with an annual revenue approaching $10 million dollars each year.
Overseeing every aspect of auction and appraisal services for both companies, Jeff brings a respected depth of knowledge within the fine art, antiques and bespoke collectibles fields in addition to a proven acumen for business leadership and development. As lead Consignment Specialist, Jeff consults with key clients to bring their collections to the national and international marketplace.
With over 20 years of auction-industry experience, Jeff is a licensed auctioneer and attended the Missouri Auction School in 1997, where today he serves as an instructor. Jeff is a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America since 1999. He is a 1991 graduate of The Ohio State University.
Jeff has lent his auction and appraisal expertise to many charitable organizations over the years, helping to raise nearly six million dollars for various causes including: Voices for Children, March of Dimes Foundation, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Recreation Unlimited, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society, Hudson Montessori School, Kids’n’Kamp, Columbus Academy, Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, and Good Hope School and the St. Croix Landmarks Society, both on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jeff is looking forward to providing those same services to charitable efforts across St. Louis.
In addition, Jeff has contributed to many local, national and trade publications and programs including recurring columns in Sophisticated Living and Ohio Magazine as well as trade-related articles in Maine Antiques Digest and House Beautiful, among others. He appears frequently on radio and talk shows to comment on the antiques industry and current trends; and has conducted clinics and courses for many historical societies and museums, including the distinguished Chautauqua Institution in New York State. Jeff is a regular appraiser for WKET's Kentucky Collectibles.
Principal Auctioneer & CEO
Interim Director, St. Louis office
Specialist, Fine Art, Furniture and American Decorative Arts
Richard "Jeff" Jeffers
A native St. Louisan, Bryan Laughlin displayed an early affinity toward the arts, antiques and other creative fields, especially restoration. Antique refinishing served not only as his family’s business, but also inspired his passion for the business from an extremely young age and honed his eye for style, structure and form.
After pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Business at Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Bryan was involved in a number of entrepreneurial endeavors. Prior to Selkirk, Bryan expanded his family's business from restoration workshop to antique salesroom, helped found and develop an award winning art gallery, The Hinge, and graduated from the Missouri Auction School. In 2014, while living in New York as a studio assistant in preparation for the Venice Biennale, he completed training to become a Certified Appraiser.
Upon returning to St. Louis, Bryan immediately joined Selkirk as Specialist of Furniture and Asian Art where he is responsible for the research, evaluation, and cataloguing of property. Working closely with clients as consignor representative has become a primary focal point, allowing Bryan to develop and cater relationships with individuals and institutions who expect nothing less than excellence with regards to collection handling.
Bryan currently acts as volunteer consultant for emerging local artists and sits on the Board of Directors for the Central West End Association
Curator and Consignment Representative
Specialist, Furniture and Asian Art
Certified Appraiser, CAGA
Certified Appraiser and Member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. Terry is a 30-year veteran of the auction and appraisal business in Saint Louis, including 20 years with Ben J. Selkirk and Sons Auctioneers & Appraisers.
Over the years, Terry has shared his auctioneering talents with dozens of charitable organizations including American Cancer Society, Ronald MacDonald House, Youth In Need and the St. Louis Blues NHL Alumni Association.
Madeline Vermeulen received her Bachelor of Arts from Kalamazoo College, where she studied Art History and Mathematics and completed her senior thesis on the documentation and standardization of 17th century French ballet. Shortly after graduation she relocated to Saint Louis and started a curatorial internship at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis to help research and organize the exhibition, Occupational Therapy, curated by Kelly Shindler.
Madeline has continued to pursue her interests through her involvement in various organizations in the Saint Louis arts community, including her position as Gallery Assistant at the Regional Arts Commission. Starting as an intern at Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers, Madeline has taken on multiple roles and responsibilities leading to her current position. She now acts as a contact point for clients and patrons of Selkirk in additon to tracking and organizing incoming and outgoing inventory.
Paul Oligschlaeger has more than 20 years appraising fine art and antiques as a generalist specialist in the auction industry handling an estimated 10,000 items annually. Paul regularly attends appraisal events throughout the St Louis region including KETC Channel 9 Trash or Treasure event annually. He consults with regional auction houses, antique dealers and private collectors working to catalogue, evaluate and to build or to offer collections to an international audience.
Deborah Shub was the owner of Vintage Jewels, one of America’s leading antique jewelry businesses for 18 years. As a jewelry expert, appraiser and graduate gemologist, she assisted several generations of customers acquire and sell antique and estate jewelry from around the world. Deborah is excited to bring that experience to the Garth's and Selkirk teams as well as our clients.
Before joining the Garth's and Selkirk teams, Deborah spent 13 years as a non-profit executive with the March of Dimes and then with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
Jonathan Ivester attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where he graduated with two bachelors degrees, one in Photography and one in Art History. After graduating in 2006, he moved back to St. Louis to work in the commercial photography field, where he has worked as an assistant, a retoucher, and a photographer.