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Sale Coordinator, Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art
Sale Coordinator, Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art
Post Date: 31 Oct 2023


Bonhams is a global auction house with an 18th century heritage poised for transformative change. Our global operations are based in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong where we sell in over 60 categories, including motor cars, paintings, jewellery, and entertainment memorabilia.

About the Role

The Sale Coordinator is an integral role in the expert department, supporting the Specialists in the successful delivery of auctions as well as the day to day running of the department.

About the Department

The Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art department in London holds several sales a year: two live auctions in London, two online-only auctions and one live auction in Paris, whilst also working on some private sales. We held our first live auction in New York in 2022 as well which was great success. We also work closely with colleagues internationally for consignments mainly in Europe and the United States. Our department offers paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography by notable artists such as Etel Adnan, Jewad Selim, Fahr El Nissa Zeid, Mahmoud Said, Dia Azzawi and Monir Farmanfarmaian. We are currently the market leaders in this field with a strong focus on 20th century Arab and Iranian art.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

As a Sale Coordinator:

  • You will be the department’s experienced user of Auctioneer 3, Bonhams’ bespoke Auction Management System and primary business tool.
  • You will be responsible for managing clients and their property throughout the sale cycle, including receipting property into A3, generating and issuing consignment contracts, requesting and uploading client details and payment management.
  • You will be the Department’s primary contact for a range of external stakeholders ranging from our clients to restorers and suppliers, escalating to your Specialists when required.
  • You will help co-ordinate the movement of property throughout the sale cycle, working with regional offices, Shipping, Operations & Photography to ensure efficient and compliant stock transfer.
  • You will work with Client Services, Operations and Shipping to support clients with after sale enquiries, including the resolution of payments and arranging shipping quotes for both purchased and unsold lots.
  • You will support your Department with preparing valuations, condition reports and condition photography as required.
  • As an important part of the Department, you will also support on many day to day auction activities and ensure the Department has all it needs to run smoothly and effectively. Tasks will include responding to client enquiries pre and post sale, bidding and event management.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong time management and organisational ability
  • Excellent communication in all modes with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to manage workflow and priorities in a fast-moving environment
  • A flexible approach and a willingness to support Departments and teams outside of your core responsibilities
  • Previous experience in an administrative position (not necessarily from an auction background)

Bonhams Benefits

* 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays) increasing to 33 with service.

* Private Health Care

* Health & Wellbeing Assistance Program

If you wish to apply, please send your CV and cover letter by the 2nd November 2023 at midnight.

We thank you for your interest in this position but please note that we will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration.

Bonhams is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to fight for equality, we work to ensure a fair and consistent interview process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.


London, United Kingdom

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