Auctioneer Job Kwakman
I want to highlight what makes each book special.
Job Kwakman has had a passion for books since childhood. After studying Art, Culture & Media, he was introduced to the world of auctions and bookselling. His love was really awakened while working at an auction house. There, Job had hundreds of books go through his hands, and spent time researching the history and the stories behind them before including them in the catalogue.
Job has taken to Catawiki like a duck to water. Every day he is offered a variety of books that are special for one reason or another. This ranges from a beautifully illustrated children’s book to an old and rare manuscript. Together with the seller, he takes the greatest care to present each item to the best of its advantage in order to highlight what makes it special. As a result he puts together auctions with his colleagues that really inspire bidders into bidding on that beautiful or rare edition.
Auctioneer Steven de Joode
Books have the power to create their own reality.
Steven de Joode was captivated by literature as a teenager. He began to read anything and everything and wanted to own it himself. It wasn’t long before he came across booksellers and antiquarians, who soon offered him a job. His love of books continued to grow and he chose to study German followed by book science. He learned about exclusive, old works and all the features and pitfalls they pose. He put that knowledge to work at the National Library by participating in a large bibliographic project (STCN) and at an international antiquarian bookshop.
With all his acquired knowledge, Steven is the perfect candidate for auctioneering. At Catawiki, he mainly focuses on exclusive and antique books. Thanks to his experience, Steven can properly assess whether the books offered are completely correct, and he puts together his auctions with the utmost care. Personally, he hopes to include more travel writing, such as that by the 18th-century explorer James Cook. If he can attract even more international interest with this, he will have succeeded in his mission as auctioneer.
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