Principals & Specialists
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
Director of Consignments
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.
Director of Appraisals
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.
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.