Go behind-the-scenes to learn how the auction world works. This course provides an insider’s view of the way art is bought and sold on a global basis. The various positions including cataloguer, specialist and head of department are explored, including their roles in consigning, researching, establishing price estimates, managing the sale viewings of works and cultivating clients, culminating in the auction itself. The course also illuminates the complex mechanics of auctioning works, from bidding through when the gavel comes down, as well as the ways in which private sales and online platforms have changed the auction landscape.
By the end of this course students will…
- Understand how fine art auctions work and the key positions in the auction house.
- Gain insight into elements of pricing and value.
- Learn the essential terminology associated with the auction business.
- Grasp the complexity of the auction process itself.