Career Profile of Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator

Apprentice at Auction House to Become an Art Appraiser
An employee of Bonhams auction house adjusts a painting by Pablo Picasso (R) next to painting by Marc Chagall which feature in their forthcoming Impressionist and Modern Art Sale on June 1, 2010 in London, England. Photo © Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Job Description of an Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator

An Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator works full time in an art auction house to coordinate and manage appraisals for a wide range of purposes.

Education Needed to Be an Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator

An Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator will typically be a college graduate. Course study in business and art is highly regarded for this position.

Duties Required to Be an Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator

An Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator’s duties are similar to those of an office administrator’s in that the position deals with office desk work such as handling telephone calls, maintaining accurate and updated files and proficiently using computer software.

However, since the position focuses on appraisals, the Appraisals Coordinator must be knowledgeable with the auction house’s appraisal and auction services, and can process appraisals, and be able to direct callers to the appropriate solutions.

Processing invoices to clients and telephone bidding are additional duties for an Appraisals Coordinator.

Skills Required to Be an Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator

An Art Auction House Appraisals Coordinator is skilled with customer service, as a main part of the job is dealing with clients and the public.

Being well-organized, skilled in typing and computer work, and being adept in both the spoken and written word are key skills to be hired as an Appraisals Coordinator.

Since auction houses are often fast-paced environments with tight deadlines for publications, exhibitions, appraisals, and auctions, an Appraisals Coordinator needs to be skilled in meeting deadlines, and also be a highly organized multi-tasker juggling several projects at a time.

Career Opportunities for an Art Auction House Associate Specialist

There are various career opportunities available for Art Museum and Auction House staff.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, overall employment opportunities for arts professionals is “projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.” 

How to Be Hired as an Art Auction House Associate Specialist

This entry level position is ideal for someone straight out of college who is looking to start a long-term career in the business of fine art.

Applications can usually be done online with a submission of a cover letter and resume to the personnel department of the auction house.

Major art auction houses often post their current job listings on their websites. In addition, art schools and universities, and online job sites post art employment opportunities.

Qualified applicants are usually required to submit their cover letters and resumes to the personnel department (HR Dept.) of the auction house.

Further Info on Art Auction House Careers

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