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Research Assistant, Auction House

Posted: 15.04.2024
Contract Type: Part-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

Our client, an auction house specialising in Modern Art, Contemporary Art and rare books, is looking for a Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will work with the Head of Department on auction catalogues, assist with evaluations and incoming consignments. The long-term perspective of the role is to become a Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art.


  • Liaising with the Head of Department for the research and cataloguing of Modern and Contemporary artworks; assisting the editorial team with the production of the auction catalogue.
  • Provenance research using literature from the in-house library, inventory database and online.
  • Obtaining external expertise on works of art.
  • General Registrar duties: manage consignments of incoming and outgoing works, database management, art handling and installing of works for auction previews; arrange for restoration of works where applicable; arrange insurance, transport (including overseeing import and export duties) and packing of artworks.
  • Correspondence with private and institutional (international) customers.

Further responsibilities

  • Welcoming and assisting clients, answer phone calls and assist telephone bidders during previews and auctions.
  • Recording pre-sales and post-sales works, image requests and condition reports.
  • Supporting the department of Valuable Books, Graphics and Historical Photography with final edits of the auction catalogue.
  • Organisational support in business getting for the Head of Department.


  • Degree in art history or similar related degree a plus.
  • Confident in writing art historical texts.
  • Interest in the art market.
  • Proactive and feels comfortable in a client facing role.
  • Very good communications skills in German and English.
  • A high level of commitment, resilience, flexibility and an independent way of working.