AUC­TION­EER Call for a bid

THE LOW­DOWN

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - 1.30pm: Break for lunch 2.30pm: Go over lists of items to be auc­tioned 6pm: Auc­tion be­gins 8pm: Pack up for the day

THE PAY­OFF As an ap­pren­tice, you can earn around R30,000 per month. With ex­pe­ri­ence, salaries can go up to R1 lakh. Some pro­fes­sional auc­tion­eers work­ing on in­vi­ta­tions get around R40,000 to R50,000 per month as sales com­mis­sion. There is no up­per limit on an auc­tion­eer’s salary, and big names car­ry­ing out big sales can earn very good money The word auc­tion­eer, for many peo­ple, con­jures an im­age of a fast-talk­ing pitch man, hold­ing a gavel who can en­tice you into bid­ding on a glass of ice wa­ter in the dead of win­ter. While bid-call­ing is the most cru­cial part of an auc­tion­eer’s job, it is only a mi­nor as­pect of what he or she does. An auc­tion­eer play sev­eral roles – such as that of an of­fice man­ager, pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager, ac­coun­tant, and co­or­di­na­tor, to name a few. Though auc­tion­eer­ing looks like a lu­cra­tive pro­fes­sion, suc­cess in this in­dus­try is not a sure thing. A com­bi­na­tion of train­ing, skills and de­ter­mi­na­tion can be help­ful

CLOCK­WORK There is no fixed rou­tine for an auc­tion­eer ev­ery day. The work­ing days and hours keep chang­ing ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion 7am: Wake up read pa­pers 8.30am: Head for auc­tion house 11am: Make ar­range­ments for auc­tion SKILLS/TRAITS Con­fi­dence and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills Com­mer­cial aware­ness Con­sid­er­able in­ter­est in the area in which you are sell­ing, such as paint­ings and an­tiques The abil­ity to rea­son and ap­ply sim­ple nu­mer­i­cal con­cepts Good knowl­edge of the mar­ket, likely buy­ers and good ad­ver­tis­ing skills At­ten­tion to de­tail Good per­son­al­ity is an im­por­tant fac­tor

GET­TING THERE If you want to be an auc­tion­eer, the only thing you need is ap­ti­tude. You should be able to hold an au­di­ence, some­times for long pe­ri­ods, and de­velop an at­mos­phere that is con­ducive to the buy­ers want­ing to buy and come back an­other day. There are no for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions for be­com­ing an auc­tion­eer and re­quire­ments vary from em­ployer to em­ployer. Big auc­tion houses usu­ally look for grad­u­ate students with a de­gree in fine arts, but most of the learn­ing is done while train­ing IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS There are no in­sti­tutes that award diplo­mas or de­grees for auc­tion­eer­ing. In In­dia, how­ever, some mu­se­ums of­fer train­ing pro­grammes, short-term cour­ses and in­tern­ships on cul­tural

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