Photo of Elyse Luray Weshler

Photo of Elyse Luray Weshler

Elyse Luray Weshler (NC ’89) By Dr. Aidan Smith

Alumna Elyse Luray Weshler turned her passion for art and history into a career as an appraiser, an auctioneer and an educator.

After graduating from Newcomb College with a Bachelor of Arts in art history, Weshler surrounded herself with fine art and collectibles, working as an expert appraiser auctioneer for Christie’s Auction House and appearing on popular programs like PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives. Weshler spent eleven years at Christie’s, eventually becoming Vice President of the Popular Arts Department. During her tenure at Christie’s, Weshler started many new markets including Western Memorabilia and Arms and Armour. In this role, Elyse was responsible for many world records for memorabilia and for appraising famous collections.

Some collections she appraised include the archives of Lucas Films, Dreamworks, Chuck Jones’ personal collection, Warner Bros; Hanna Barbera, Hard Rock Cafe and more.

Today, Weshler is busy working on her appraisal business, helping clients in need of an insurance, fair market value, donation, estate, damage claim/loss or market appraisal. She stays engaged with her alma mater as a member of the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Advisory Council.