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May 28, 2009

Heritage Auction House to Open in NYC.. and Senior Jobs are Available!

Heritage Auction House from Dallas, Texas to open up offices in NYC.. and now senior JOBS are now available!

Brian_Ulrich_Powerhouse_Gym Well the one good thing a recession does for business is it opens up new opportunities for those looking to seize the day!

While the stuffed peacocks at  Sothebys, and Christies have been taking massive losses, cutting expenses, laying off staff, Bloomsbury, Bonhams.. and now Heritage Auction Houses are all expanding in New York City!! YEA!! Now if they would just start cutting their auction fees!

So if you're looking for a new job in the Art Auction world.. you might get in contact ASP with Heritage Auctions. 

{Note Photos from blogger/artist Brian Ulrich, Photo #1 - Power House Gym, 2008 and Photo #2 - Brian_Ulrich_Checkout Untitled Thrift (Check Out), 2006, chromogenic print , 30 x 40” , edition of 5.... FYI Brian's new show,"Thrift and Dark Stores" opens up at wonderful Julie Saul Gallery Tonight.. Don't miss it! }

We at MAO wish all three of these new expanding auction houses all the good fortune in the world!!

Good Luck, and please send MAO free catalogs !

Here's the latest email MAO got from our friends at the ambitious people at Heritage in TX (yes..there are actually a few savvy art people in Texas!!)

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Heritage seeking top experts, opening NY and LA Galleries

Dear Mike @ MAO,

We just Love your great art website, and since you are obviously a major player in the New York City art world we need your help!

While other auction firms have reported shrinking sales and significant lay-offs, Heritage, the world's third largest auction house, is adding multiple world-class experts to its current staff in over 25 different categories. These experts will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills, scheduled to open in late 2009, or in early 2010.

We believe Heritage's business model of transparency and respect for our bidders' time is the wave of the future, as clients are discovering us in record numbers (read our Mission and Values statement here). In fact, we recently enjoyed our most profitable quarter ever (Jan-Mar 2009), as well as the best April in our 33-year history as an auction house. Our 2009 sales volume will likely match or exceed our record 2008 numbers even as the other major auction houses report 60% sales decreases.

Heritage is now ready to hire the world's best experts to support existing departments and launch new ones, especially in the following categories, though we will consider many other areas as well, including sub-categories:

  • American Art
  • Ancient Coinage
  • Antiquities
  • Asian Art
  • Books, Maps, and Prints
  • Decorative Arts
  • European Art
  • Jewelry and Timepieces
  • Latin American Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Photography
  • Vintage Automobiles
  • Wine

These are top, high profile positions; we are seeking ambitious candidates who will bring their excellent reputation, business ethics, strong work ethic, organizational skills, and knowledge to represent Heritage in the best light. Preferred candidates will have more than 5 years in a major auction house environment, or experience as a commercial dealer (a combination of both would be ideal). Writing and public speaking talents and skills are a plus. Job duties will include obtaining consignments; supervising the vetting of condition; authentication of properties consigned; reviewing inquiries; proofing of cataloging, essays, and advertising copy; marketing specific objects to important clients, and supervising two or more auctions per year with full bottom-line responsibility in the case of department heads.

If you know someone who might be interested and if you feel they have the qualifications we seek, please ask them to email their resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

Thanks you,

Heritage Client Services
Bid@HA.com
3500 Maple Ave. 17th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219-3941
1-800-872-6467

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Good luck to them.

But Sothebys and Christies make money selling million dollar picassos, miros, basuiqats etc. All these small auction houses have a long way to go to get there and the small auction house scene has plenty of options.

So cut to the chase, what's their commission rates. I think a lot of the big houses are now charging 15% seller fee and 25% buyer fee! Plus photo and insurance fee!

40% SPREAD! FU*&ING WOW! That's just crazy. I'm not so eager to consign with those people anymore after seeing the size (or lack thereof ) of my check from the Spring Auctions.

They should have no trouble getting help- aren't there a lot of used car salesmen about who could fill any position -I
thought they were all on about the same level .

Fairly great article, really beneficial information. Never thought I'd find the info I would like right here. I have been ...

I'M VERY GLAD YOU ARE COMING TO N.Y.I.VE DONE BUSINESS WITH HA.AND WAS ALWAYS VERY PLEASED.BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN AND WHERE YOU ARE OPENING,ALSO DO YOU HAVE A PHONE NUMBER THAT I CAN REACH YOU AT IN NEW YORK.I HAVE A COLLECTION OF COMIC BOOKS THAT WILL KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF.
THANK YOU
JOHN KASPER

Now open at 445 Park Avenue (near 57th St.), ground level: http://www.ha.com/?about=39
Hope to see you soon.
Heritage Auctions

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