Brian Christopher Cummings, a certified Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), is an appraiser and historian of popular culture. His numerous high-profile projects include serving as chief advisor to the estates and foundations of accomplished professionals of the performing arts and iconic historic figures of diverse backgrounds. Brian's scholarly work has facilitated significant donations to research institutions across the nation. After beginning his professional training at Sotheby's auction house, he served as properties of popular culture consultant to the Popular Culture Department at Christie's auction house in New York. In November 2003, Christie's published Brian's research on the history and foundation of the motion picture and film industries. In June 2005, he served as consulting east coast specialist for the sale of property from the estate of Marilyn Monroe in West Hollywood, California. Brian served as the Appraisers Association of America Regional Representative for New York State including the New York City Metropolitan area for the term beginning July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Art Studies from North Carolina State University.