Anatomy of an Auction

Bill Roland

William (Bill) Roland is one of New York's foremost appraisers and antique dealers and charity event auctioneers. He has been President of Roland Antiques since 1992 and is co-founder, along with brother Rob, of Roland Auctions in Greenwich Village.

Bill Roland takes a hands-on approach to valuing and selling the antiques, fine art and decorative arts that move through his gallery. The old school approach pays off, for consignors and buyers. Bill blogs about things he does every day, with an eye to making the auction process transparent for consignors and buyers.

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Anatomy of an Auction

Posted: May 24, 2011 15:25

As co-founders of Roland Auctions, Manhattan's newest auction house, my brother Rob and I face a recurring challenge. As soon as the property in the monthly auction is picked up, we have to start filling the gallery again.  It often takes weeks of intense appraisals and negotiations before we are able to offer high caliber fine art, antiques and decorations from Manhattan's premier apartments and estates. That's why I say we're in the business of building relationships. For instance, it required strong relationship building and negotiation skills to bring three exceptional...


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