A Professional Portrait by Annemijn Van Grimbergen

Business Analyst

Christie's Auction House

Published: 23rd August 2017

What inspired you to pursue a career in the arts?

My mom has always been passionate about art and took me to many museums from a very young age. In my spare time I still love visiting art galleries and exhibitions so she has definitely inspired me. When I attended my very first auction at a small local auction house in Holland, I knew that I wanted to work in the art business. I was impressed by the employees bidding on the phones and dreamed this would be me one day.


Can you tell us a little about your role?

I have recently changed jobs and I am a Business Analyst in the IT department where I support the design and delivery of the Auction, Finance and Operations systems.

I entered this role with Christie’s expertise. I have worked in both the Impressionist and Modern and Post-War and Contemporary Art departments where I have been responsible for the sale coordination of the Evening auctions. This role is very diverse, from handling contracts, coordinating international tours and exhibitions, tracking marketing initiatives and looking after the expertise. A very busy and diverse role.


How did you get your job?

I have been with Christie’s for many years and worked in the Amsterdam and London offices. I got my first job through a lot of hard work and persistence. I did not have any contacts and had to apply for my internship. I’ve always made sure I kept in close contact with colleagues. I worked part time at Christie’s after my internship whilst doing my Masters at University.


What is the best part of your job?

The diversity and the client/business engagement. In my current role, collaborating with colleagues from all parts of the business is crucial to deliver a successful project.


What is the hardest part of your job?

Prioritizing as everything is most of the time urgent and as important.


What has been the highlight of your career?

The installation of Tracey Emin’s iconic work My Bed and watching the hammer go down in a packed saleroom with the artist present was very special. I have witnessed many auction records, a highlight was the Oppenheimer blue, a huge diamond that sold for $57.5million in the Geneva saleroom.


What is your favourite Artwork?

There are too many… Primavera by Botticelli is one of them, I love the Renaissance and the city Florence.


Which artist would you have liked or would like to meet?

With my Dutch background, it would be Piet Mondrian. We share the same birthplace Amersfoort, I admire him as the pioneer of abstract art.


What advice would you give to people trying to enter the art industry?

Do not give up, as it takes a lot of persistence and hard work to get the job that you want. Over the years, I have learned that the most important thing is to do something that you love.


If you weren’t in the art industry, what would you be doing?

I would be restoring fresco’s in Italy.