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Auction Cataloger




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South Bay Auctions, Inc. is a family owned and operated, internationally recognized auction house specializing in the sale of fine art, antique furniture and accessories, silver, jewelry, clocks, folk art, collectibles, historical documents, artifacts, garden furniture and decorations, oriental rugs, and field & stream sporting collectibles.

We are seeking a full-time, permanent in-house auction cataloger to join our team. A passion for material culture and objects is essential to be successful in this position. Previous auction house, museum, or cataloging experience is desirable, but not necessary. We will train the right candidate. Salary is commensurate with experience and position will allow potential for growth. Paid overtime is available. Benefits include healthcare, dental, two-weeks paid vacation and approximately ten paid holidays.


  • Researching, evaluating and estimating the value of a wide variety of decorative art objects, including but not limited to: silver, jewelry, collectibles, decorations, art glass, and accessories.
  • Writing accurate, appealing, clear, and informative catalog descriptions.
  • Meeting with clients, conducting initial appraisals, and writing up contracts for the consignment of property.
  • Preparing, uploading, and maintaining data for weekly online iGavel auctions.
  • Responding knowledgeably and professionally to inquiries from potential buyers of auction items.
  • Communicating regularly and effectively with photographer, photo editor, and inventory specialists about priorities and items needing special attention.
  • Handling online and phone bidding during live auctions, approximately once a month on Saturdays.


  • Teachable.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish close working relationships with a variety of people.
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills for cataloging and communicating with buyers and consignors.
  • Able to work collaboratively on large projects while being confident and comfortable taking initiative and working independently.
  • Able to carefully handle and examine objects for cataloging, condition reports, and determining authenticity.
  • Proficient computer skills and ideally a strong knowledge of database management systems, Excel, Word, photo editing and storage; website and social media knowledge a plus.
  • Able to prioritize multiple highly important processes and responsibilities in a high-pressured environment and meet constant deadlines.
  • Able to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Creative and resourceful.
  • Fully committed to the position with flexibility in work hours and availability to work late nights and weekends during catalog deadline and auction dates.


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