Stephen Swan has been in the auction industry since 2001.
Starting as an Art Handler in the shipping department of Butterfields’ Corporate Office in San Francisco, Stephen stayed on with the company through its acquisition by Bonhams. Holding a number of roles during his tenure, Stephen became one of the principal Auctioneers for Bonhams’ Los Angeles gallery, Operations Director for Southern California as well as the US Director of Catalogue Production & Photography for the Bonhams Group.
In 2017, Stephen joined John Moran Auctioneers as an Auctioneer and Business Director, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company.
Over the years, Stephen has helped to coordinate and presided as auctioneer over numerous charity and benefit auctions, including APLAHealth’s Annual Art Project Los Angeles charity auction and the Los Angeles Art Association’s annual benefit auction. This desire to further worthwhile causes through auction is also tied to a steadfast belief that bidding at auction should be a fun, approachable experience; Stephen often says that “bidding at auction is on everybody’s bucket list, they just don’t know it yet.”
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. His extracurricular activities generally include a mixture of cycling, photography, spending time with his family, and attempting to curate the perfect playlist to soundtrack all of life’s moments.