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Specialist, Post War & Contemporary Art

Job Details

  • Posted:16th November, 2023
  • Sector:Fine Art & Gallery
  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Job Ref:16998
  • Salary:Competitive GBP Salary
The main responsibility of a Specialist is “business getting” - growing new business opportunities and generating consignments. Duties also include researching, authenticating, valuing and cataloguing works of art for auction. 

Key Responsibilities
As a Specialist for Post War & Contemporary Art you will: 
  • Business getting for the department to fulfil the budgets set for the Post War & Contemporary Art department sales.
  • Working with Senior Specialists in the team to develop business getting strategies.
  • Grow and maintain a database of customers – both buyers and sellers – for the department.
  • Establish and maintain regular contact with collectors of Post War & Contemporary Artwork to encourage further business with the company, either as buyers or sellers.
  • Maintain contact with established trade contacts to encourage further business with the company.
  • Assist the Senior Specialists with advertising and marketing to promote business getting and sales activities.
  • Conduct valuations of customer’s property both in the office and at other locations.
  • Prepare condition reports for works coming for sale.
  • Prepare proposal documents and work with the Senior Specialists
  • Support Junior team members.
  • Research Post War & Contemporary Art and prepare academic texts for publication in the sale catalogues.
  • Assist on exhibition events worldwide as and when required.
  • Be up to date with market trends and competitors’ strategies.

Key Skills & Attributes
  • Knowledge and genuine interest for Contemporary art.
  • Expertise is getting consignments and closing deals.
  • Previous experience within Auction House, Gallery or a related Fine art field.
  • Good market and trend awareness.
  • Proven business acumen and sales skills.
  • A network of contacts, buyers, collectors, sellers of Post War & Contemporary Art.
  • Functional working knowledge of the auction process and related procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and oral.
  • Able to work as part of a team, and independently.
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure.

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