So you want my arts job: Art Auction Specialist

As the mastermind behind record-breaking artworks on the auction block, specialist and auctioneer Olivia Fuller delves into the importance of teamwork, initiative and passion in her role.

In simple terms, Olivia Fuller helps artworks find new homes. Delving into the world of art auctions, this involves conducting valuations for art collections, researching fresh to the market pieces, curating an auction to bring out its highest potential, as well as standing on the auction block, gavel in hand, ready to congratulate the highest bidder.

With a background in Art History and managing commercial galleries across Sydney and Melbourne, Fuller was promoted to the Head of Fine Art at Leonard Joel in 2019 and has since then pioneered the auction house’s annual Centum Contemporary Art auction, as well as their Women Artists auction.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.