Founded in 1969 by Sol & Linda Adams, Marlin Art began in the Adams' home basement. With little knowledge of the art world, Sol and his wife Linda ravenously began to immerse themselves in every aspect of the art business. The first art auction grossed $829 in sales with 29 pieces of art being sold. In its first year, Marlin Art went on to conduct 60 fundraising art auctions.
In 1976, Marlin Art found its way out of the Adams' home and into an 1800 square foot office and warehouse facility. With five full time employees in place, Marlin Art continued its growth and incorporated its own framing division increasing the staff to 14. In 1982, the company again outgrew its facilities and moved all operations to its current home in Deer Park, Long Island, New York. Years of quality service and increased production have required the company to expand its current home base time and time again to over 23,000 square feet with a staff of more than 50 employees.
Since its founding, Marlin Art's continued leadership in the industry has enabled it to join forces with many one-time competitors and strengthen its constant quest to add value to the non-profit sector's fundraising efforts. The Art Guild Gallery, Fogel Fine Arts and National Art have come on board and are now under the Marlin Art banner. Since 1990, the company's staff has swelled to well over 60 full and part-time employees, including a managerial team of experts, and the combined experience of over 150 years in the art business.
Today Marlin Art is proud to conduct over 500 live auctions each year raising over 1 million dollars for various worthy causes. As a leader in fundraising, the company continues to think creatively and to develop new and exciting concepts that are as enjoyable as they are entertaining and rewarding. With years of experience and successful partnership in the fundraising sector, Marlin Art is reaching out beyond its traditional channels of raising funds and adding new components to help satisfy its clients' needs and goals. New alliances are being coordinated, new media is being developed and new products and services are being added to its roster of fundraising tools.
The company has never lost sight of its vision to bring to the fundraising community a partner sensitive to the needs of its special interests and committed to value in fundraising. The company continues to look to that vision to guide its steps and to ensure that it maintains its post as the pre-eminent fundraising auction and event company of its kind in North America.