Some Sunday afternoons, an elegant and determined voice of a woman echoes throughout our apartment going: 260 thousand... 280.. 280, 280... thank you sir, 300 would you like to do another step, madam? I love listening to this lovely auctioneer's voice, full of confidence and joy.
Today is one of those Sundays.
The Christies' Asian 20th Century Art auction is going on right now, and my dad and I are watching the Hong Kong auction online on Christies.com.
I always used to just watch online auctions whenever they are played on my dad's computer, so I didn't know that anyone can access these auctions without any passwords or membership. I'm currently watching the auction on my own computer, and it's somehow comforting to hear people bidding for artworks in the background. I think it brings just the right amount of tension and speed to motivate me to work on this slow, lazy Sunday afternoon.
I like it when an online bidder bids, because the auctioneer looks and talks right at the camera. "Thank you sir, online from Hanoi! 250 thousand!" I'm just a viewer using the same platform as the bidder to watch the auction (whilst doing homework), but it makes me feel like I'm part of the whole sale. I wonder how nervewracking bidding is for online bidders, though. What if the computer lags or freezes right before an important piece? Even worse, what if the page lags right before the auctioneer bangs the gavel on the table?
It seems like the auctioneer changed to a Chinese lady. Wow, she speaks using three languages- Cantonese, Chinese and English. And I thought announcing price and keeping track of all the bidders was hard enough.. I want to be like these female auctioneers, though. They are so powerful, convincing, and elegant!
These auctions are also a great way for me to find new artists. I might find my inspiration for the next project here!