5 auctioneers for this category
I watch historical films as a hobby... to see if all the details are correct.
Desi van Rhee lives and breathes art and culture. Yet she was actually studying Psychology when she was inspired by a roommate to study Art History. She switched courses and that was the best decision of her life! Even while she was studying, her goal was to work in an auction house. So once she had completed her degree, she did an internship at Sotheby's auction house. She enjoyed her time there so much that she ended up staying – for over ten years! That's how Desi came to deal with every aspect of auctioneering, all equally fascinating. Her work has since developed into a lifelong passion, which found a home at Catawiki.
Desi thoroughly enjoys working at Catawiki. She loves sifting through every item that comes up for auction, so much so that she works day and night trying to get to the bottom of everything. Then she cannot wait to see how the auction will go. For Desi, Catawiki is the future of the auction industry: there are literally no limits and people who would normally not visit an auction can easily join in. Meanwhile, she is continuing to learn new skills and travelling many miles to put together the best possible auctions.
Only my pen collection has stood the test of time.
Ger van Oers describes himself as a real ‘magpie child’. Ever since he was a child, he would collect everything that was not nailed down. And once the collection was complete? He would simply start collecting something else. Only his pen collection has stood the test of time. All that collecting and selling gave Ger a real instinct for trading. He had a flourishing online pen business for years and later opened his own antiques and curio shop.
Pens remain close to Ger’s heart. So he is the ideal auctioneer for the pens & writing instruments auction, where there are plenty of interesting lots on offer. Montblanc fountain pens are especially desirable. The limited edition fountain pens from the 80s and 90s generate enthusiastic bids, and German Pelikan fountain pens also do well. Ger maintains close relationships with his sellers in the relatively small world of pens and, as a result, puts together a great auction every week.
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