Advisory Board


VAN HAM was the first German auction house to set up an advisory board. This panel advises VAN HAM on the definition and pursuit of strategic goals.

VAN HAM was the first German art auction house to set up an advisory board in mid-2004. For this purpose, the house was able to gain renowned personalities from the fields of science, business and journalism to advise Markus Eisenbeis on the definition and pursuit of strategic goals on the German and international art market.

The speaker of VAN HAM is Professor Ottmar Braun. Teaching assignments at the Berlin University of the Arts and Compiègne near Paris took him to the FH Aachen. As a honorary consul, the trained journalist, who was honored by Federal President Johannes Rau with the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class, represents the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The second member of the panel is Prof. Dr. med. Albert Mayer. The trained economist and designated art collector was in the course of his career managing director of the German Magazine Publishers Association and the Rheinische Post in Dusseldorf. In May 2004 he was awarded by the Prime Minister Peer Steinbrück with the Order of Merit of the country for the services to the media location North Rhine-Westphalia.

Since August 2018, the renowned art historian Guido de Werd has been a member of the advisory board of VAN HAM. The former director of the Museum Kurhaus Kleve is thus replacing the founding member Wilhelm Karl Prinz von Preußen, who has accompanied the rapid development of the Cologne auction house since 2004 as chairman of the advisory board and is now retiring for reasons of age. 

De Werd has published numerous publications on late medieval art, Dutch Romantic art and modern art, including the work of Ewald Mataré, and the present. His authoritative museum work and numerous publications have earned Guido de Werd important awards such as the Order of Knights of Orange-Nassau and the Federal Cross of Merit, First Class.