Toomey & Co. Auctioneers is one of the premier specialty auction houses in the country and has been conducting auctions of 20th century art and design since 1987.

35 years

190+ auctions

100,000+ lots

$225+ million in sales

Our extensive knowledge of the industry, thorough attention to detail, and commitment to serving our clients are what distinguishes us.

Steeped in the midwestern origins of Prairie School architecture, Toomey & Co. is a leading purveyor of fine art and design. From the Arts & Crafts movement and early art pottery to modern and contemporary art, our dedicated team brings a wealth of experience and attention to every work we handle. Whether a single work or a single-owner sale, we take pride in our focused approach and our dedication to crafting a quality experience for each of our clients and customers.


A renowned specialist in objects of the Arts & Crafts movement, John Toomey founded the auction house in 1987. With Lucy Toomey and John Walcher leading the company for the past several years, we have conducted more auctions than ever, set multiple price records, and nearly doubled sales annually since rebranding in 2018.

In 2020, Riley Humler, formerly of Humler & Nolan, joined Toomey & Co. with over 30 years of experience auctioning early 20th century art pottery and ceramics. He is currently the President of the American Art Pottery Association and has appeared as an appraiser on the beloved PBS show, Antiques Roadshow. In 1991, Humler curated and sold the Glover Collection, considered the most important sale of Rookwood pottery to date.

Toomey & Co. is a trusted resource for 20th century art and design.

We are seeking quality consignments for auction or private sale. If you have items that you would like to consign, feel free to contact our specialists today!

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In the fall of 2022, Toomey & Co. relocated from historic Oak Park to the city of Chicago, sharing office and gallery space with Wright. This move consolidates our consignment, production, and creative efforts, allowing us to serve our clients more effectively from a centrally located, downtown site.

Toomey & Co.
1440 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60642
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333 North Main St.
243 North Main St.
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1440 West Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60642
t 312 563 0020  |  f 312 563 0040


16145 Hart St.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
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Toomey & Co.

1440 West Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60642
t 312 563 0020  |  f 312 563 0040

Rago and Wright joined forces in 2019 with a vision of uniting the strongest independent auction houses. In 2021, LA Modern Auctions (LAMA) was added to the Rago/Wright brand expanding our national presence in the modern market and the following year Toomey & Co. joined the firm extending our reach across 20th century design. With an expanded database and shared web platform, Rago/Wright is a company with $100+ million in annual sales, a team of 100, and more than one century of combined experience.

With a national coast-to-coast presence, shared clientele, technology, innovation, and creativity, alongside expertise and shared passion, we are better situated to serve our clients — buyers and sellers alike. Together, we maintain a compelling and original voice in the worlds of art and design while providing bespoke presentations and quality, personalized service.

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