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Auctioning and Auction Houses




The art world has become much more open and accessible in recent years. You can purchase art at galleries, fairs, through art advisory services, online, and, of course, at art auctions. Art auctions are an interactive, competitive way of purchasing art. Auction sales make up roughly 20% of annual art sales, making them a trendy option for art collectors worldwide. However, if you’re a beginner, art auctions may be intimidating if you’ve not conducted research beforehand. How do art auctions work, and what happens in an art auction? That’s what we’re going to explore in this blog post. Here, We’ll define specific terms used in art auctions so you can confidently enter an art auction.


What is An Art Auction?

An auction house sells property and objects to the highest bidder. Auction houses exist for a range of industries, from real estate to art. At art auctions, you can purchase a variety of artworks. Some auctions involve only luxury art and masterworks, whereas others may include art from emerging artists and contemporary art. An art auction is essentially a public event where people from all backgrounds come together to bid on Art pieces. That being said, some auctions are exclusive, and only a few can participate. Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s are the three major auction houses. At these auction houses, you can purchase fine art and masterworks from Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and many more.


How Do Art Auctions Work?

Once you arrive at the auction house, you will be given a brief preview of the products on sale. Once you have previewed the art for auction, you must register to bid with the auctioneer. You’ll need to provide personal information such as your address, phone number, and proof of identity. Some auctions require a photographic ID, such as your passport or driver’s license. Upon registration, you will be given a number card. This card allows you to be identified during the auction.


Listen to The Host Next, the auction will begin in the auction room. You will hear the sound of a bell; this indicates the beginning of the auction. You’ll then listen to the host talk about the items available; the host will describe each item to you and the other bidders.


Bid on Pieces You Like

Now you’re getting to the fun part of art auctions – the bidding. The auctioneer will announce the minimum price, and the bidders will raise their paddles to call their bid. Each bid needs to be higher than the previous one; the auctioneer will discuss this beforehand. The bidding ends when the final bidder makes their bid. The auctioneer’s hammer will come down, and the item will then belong to the final bidder. You will be given a warning before the hammer goes down, giving you a chance to exceed the previous bid. If you are the highest bidder and win the item, you’ll pay what you offered (as well as additional costs such as the buyer’s premium) and then take it home with you.

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