There’s a lot of controversy about cruise ship art sales and whether the art sold is a decent deal for the art buyer or not. Some folks believe cruise ship art auctions are the devil’s spawn, and others are pleased with their experience. Reading posts about cruise ship art auctions on the web is like reading posts about politics and religion: each has his own view. Instead of joining in the “war,” I thought I would share my unique perspective on those auctions. Here is the weblink.
I completed a six-month assignment as art auctioneer in 2009 on three ships. I have worked for years as a licenced auctioneer and appraiser. As an Auctioneer, I crossed the United States from Florida to Alaska, and from Russia to Panama to seventeen countries worldwide. At the auction, I sold a range of goods: cars, real estate, jewellery, fine art, antiques, business properties and real estate. I have extensive experience with auction sale formats and I have “insider knowledge” about cruise ship art auctions.
Traveling around the world selling art was fun but I chose not to go back to sea for business reasons. I’m a neutral third party at this stage, with nothing to benefit or lose from commenting on cruise ship art auctions. I hope that those wanting to go on a cruise and attend an art auction will find my observations useful.
So, let me get straight to the point: can you buy art on a cruise ship, easily and comfortably? Yeah, you could. Moreover, if you understand the auction process of purchasing art, you can purchase some nice pieces and have fun doing so. My goal in this post is to provide you with an overview of where people are having problems with their purchases, so you can avoid making the same mistakes. Here is what you need to learn about the history of cruise ship auctions.