What makes someone a successful auctioneer to get your paddle in the air?
Auctioneering by itself can be a notable form of art and there are definitely many parameters that build up an auctioneer’s profile. It needs confidence to stand up in front of a crowd of diverse background pleasing both sellers and buyers. Eye contact and hand motions need to be kept in the balanced, determined rhythm and pace showing the ability to control a competitive auction. Presenting and finally selling a prominent artwork also requires a lot of art history knowledge to deliver the right information to the eclectic audience. Thus, humour is also needed to break the ice when the auction’s bids go dizzyingly high.
What if the man who leads the auction is also a good-looking man? I assume it helps a lot. So here is the list of 5 very handsome male auctioneers for whom women will certainly raise their paddles for.
Henry Hignley is a young auctioneer and a specialist at the Evening Sales department at Phillips in London. He was the face of this powerhouse’s inaugural sale of modern and contemporary art and design in Hong Kong this year. Paintings by Lee Ufan, Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-ki were some of the highlights of this auction, but the event was also exciting because it was held by this appealing man! Very important: the three-year training at auctions under the legendary Simon de Pury must have had a strong impact on his talented and alluring auctioneering.
Besides his attractive and dynamic appearance, Andreas Rumbler has a long career in this field with a specialization in the impressionist and modern art. Last month, Claude Monet’s Meule realised $81,447,500 at Christie’s New York and achieved a world record for this French Impressionist master painter. And the charming Mr. Rumbler, the Deputy Chairman in Zurich, was the auctioneer for this outstanding sale.
A different style of man, who combines a more sophisticated look and a French charm while speaking. Grégoire Billault’s long standing career in auctioneering is associated with Francis. Bacon’s Triptych record breaking sale. He’s now working at the Head of Contemporary Art department at Sotheby’s New York.
He is young, handsome and very well educated, while having solid expertise as a specialist at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art department. Perhaps, Tom Best is the Christie’s youngest auctioneer, and this sounds very interesting by itself. I assume that’s a smart way to attract not only a female-oriented audience, but also an array of younger collectors, who aren’t very familiar with a more traditional biding but with online purchases.
A particular paradigm of male auctioneer is CK Swett. It’s not only his physical handsomeness that is attractive, but also his sweet name. What is also interesting with this man is that he’s focused on raising millions of dollars for charitable foundations. His proven compassion for groups in big need around the world is certainly an additional credit to his handsome profile as a successful auctioneer.
Photos via Phillips & Jean Bourbon, Getty Image, Noë Flum, Sotheby’s, AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, whitewall, ASH, CK Swett, Jennifer DelCastillo for d-mulsion photography