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VAA Art Café: Selling at Art Auctions & Secondary Market

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We will be joined by Tom Best, Auctioneer and Director of The Auction Collective to discuss how emerging and underrepresented artists can show and sell artwork through art auction houses/ auction platforms and the secondary market. Art auctions take place all over the world, with online and smaller-scale auction houses presenting catalogues featuring early-career artists. It can be confusing to know how to navigate this part of the art market, to understand how artists get their work in front of collectors. In this session we will discuss:

  • The types of Auctions and How they Work
  • Opportunities with Online Auction Platforms
  • How to know if you are ready to sell via Auctions


Founder of The Auction Collective, Tom is a former Christie's auctioneer and Contemporary Art Specialist. Following a master’s degree in art history from St Andrew's University, Tom started his career at Christie's Auction House as a Specialist in Impressionist & Modern art then later Post-War & Contemporary art – he was one of the youngest auctioneers to take to a Christie's rostrum. Tom spent six years at Christie's London as an auctioneer, also and has raised over £15 million in over 250 international charity auctions in 12 countries.

Karen van Hoey Smith is Artist Manager, Auctioneer, and fine art consultant expert. With a successful history as an Art Broker, degree in Art Evaluation, Karen has extensive experience working with national auction houses and art galleries, which makes her an ideal speaker for this event.

The Art Café is free to all and will take place via Zoom Webinar at 14.00 GMT on Wednesday 22nd November 2023. Spaces limited.

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