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The Top 5 Most Remarkable Objects Sold on Catawiki

Our expert auctioneers compile auctions with the most amazing items every week. But once in awhile, there are items that are like pearls in oysters: rarely found, but unforgettable and extraordinary upon sight. Here's our countdown of the most remarkable items to ever be sold on Catawiki. 5. ...

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What Makes Catawiki the Place to Sell Extraordinary Items?

You might think “It will never happen to me!” until one day, rummaging in an old box you discover a first edition book from the 1800s or - perhaps as one fisherman recently made the news with - the world’s largest pearl under your bed! At that point you think “What on earth can I do with this?”

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I feel privileged to be involved in the sale of beautiful works as an auctioneer.

For Michiel Vliegenthart, a visit to a museum was like a visit to a theme park. His parents were avid art lovers, so this became an important part of his upbringing. With a passion for art being part of his DNA, he chose to work at a local auction house as a student. He soon became an expert in paintings, watercolours and drawings from the 19th and 20th century. After working in France for a few years, he worked at Sotheby's auction house in Amsterdam. With all these years of experience, Michiel Vliegenthart started working for an art museum, where he focused on the professionalisation of the museum as the museum's deputy director.

Overall, Michiel Vliegenthart has built an impressive CV which makes him an especially apt auctioneer at Catawiki. His experience has taught him to recognise beauty beyond his own tastes and preferences, which enables him to include a varied collection of paintings in his auctions. Michiel Vliegenthart enjoys sharing his passion with buyers and sellers and underlines the importance of personal interactions, which is greatly appreciated. By doing so, he strives to create auctions that he can be proud of each week and he is as excited as the buyers are when the auction is about to close.

Michiel Vliegenthart

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Michiel Vliegenthart
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