The Auction Coordinator is primarily responsible for cataloguing and preparing consigned property for sale. In addition, this position works closely under the supervision of Auction Director to develop increased responsibility in the production of appraisals and proposals, increased knowledge of domestic client relationship management, and relevant markets for the art category, and increased negotiating and selling skills.
- Research property including authenticity, bibliography, provenance and exhibition history.
- Catalogue property for public and private sales and write and prepare catalogue essays.
- Review incoming photo inquires with senior specialist or department head to determine sale potential.
- Work with all client categories (collectors, dealers, corporations, institutions) in the area of business-getting and selling, under the supervision of department head.
- Participate in catalogue production and layout process
- Prepare condition reports of consigned property prior to the auction
- Participate in telephone bidding with clients during auction
- View and visit competitors auctions and track overall results
- Other duties as assigned by Auction Director
A portion of the year the position will be responsible for gallery art sales, including floor duty as coordinated with other Directors and staff. Occasional weekend work is required. Must be a self-starter with proven sales history, a team player, possess strong closing skills, and a passion to sell. Experience in art sales or high-end sales required.
- Initiate and close sales
- Liaise and create new client relationships
- Develop sales strategies
- Consignment agreements
- Handling of inquiries for sales / consignment of art for gallery via email, regular mail, phone and walk-ins.
- Represent the gallery at events, auctions, and museum/gallery openings
- Attendance at gallery openings, handling of tour groups and attendance at after-hour events as required.
- Excellent written/verbal communication and negotiation skills
- Additional duties as required
- Manage Estate artwork
- Represent a select number living artists
- Work is performed in an office setting, gallery setting and off-site in various client settings (private, corporate and institution.)
Travel required (local and domestic.) This role is an exciting position for a team-oriented and highly polished professional who enjoys a multi-faceted role
Skills and Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in applicable Art History or Decorative Arts category; M.A preferred.
- Knowledge of E-mail, Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Presentation software (Microsoft Office preferred).
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior written and spoken communication.
- Superior client service skills.
- Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize.
- Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail.
- Ability to work within a team environment and self-directed.
- Required to handle, inspect and/or take photographs of works of art for appraisal and consignment
- Required to create written or recorded descriptions of inspected items
- Required to attend events, exhibitions, art fairs locally, and domestically
- Required to meet with clients on-site and off-site
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|Contact Person:||Elizabeth Hubbard Hook|