For many, field trip could offer glimpse at different side of auction business

A look at prominent art auctions

Original prints by prominent artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Quarterly art auctions. Professional services such as art appraisals, custom framing and consignments.

These are among the offerings at Baterbys Art Auction Gallery in Orlando, Fla., one of the preeminent art auction galleries in the country. Auctioneers will have an opportunity to see firsthand the Baterbys operation during a field trip this summer at the National Auctioneers Association’s Conference and Show.

NAA members who go on the field trip will be able to earn three continuing education units, which many states require for Auctioneers to maintain certification.

With more than 25 years of experience in art and auctioneering, Baterbys opened the brick-and-mortar gallery in 2009. The collection has grown from a handful of works to hundreds of thousands of pieces that barely fit in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse.

“We are a full-service gallery, which means we do everything from auctions and exhibitions, consignments and home staging,” Baterbys owner Richard Hart, CAI, BAS, GPPA, says. “People will be able to get a feel for all of these things.”

Located in Pointe Orlando, an entertainment and shopping district in the city’s center, the auction house and gallery is regularly voted Orlando’s Best Art Gallery by the city’s culture and lifestyle magazines.

The gallery features works from a variety of genres and time periods. In addition to Picasso and Dali, the gallery’s collection includes works by classical artists Marc Chagall, Pierre Bonnard and Henry Matisse, as well as works by world-renowned contemporary artists and American modern painters.

Visitors from the NAA show will see the unique set-up of the gallery, which can quickly morph into an auction facility with a state-of-the-art sound and television system. An open space, soft white walls and wood floors complement the art hanging on the gallery walls.

Learn more about the field trip and Baterbys in this report from Auctioneer magazine.

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