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My Working Day: The Sotheby’s Art Specialist

March 2018Mr Porter

Paintings by Ms Emily Kame Kngwarreye and an indigenous shield appearing in the Aboriginal Art sale at Sotheby’s on 14th March. Photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s

If we want to know what someone gets up to in their downtime, there is Instagram. But when it comes to the mechanics of a working day, things are a little less transparent. And if you’ve devoted your life to a certain career – fulfilling though it may be – it is always tempting to wonder if the grass is greener on the other side.

In the past, we have quizzed everyone from a world-beating boxer to a fashion entrepreneur as part of our Working Day series. This week, we speak to an art specialist.

Based in SydneyStyle Council Member Mr Timothy Klingender is senior consultant of Australia art at Sotheby’s London, and director of Tim Klingender Fine Art. In 1996, he founded Sotheby’s Aboriginal art department and has become known for celebrating indigenous Australian art ever since. This weekend, he will oversee the third Aboriginal Art exhibition in Sotheby’s London, before an auction on 14 March. Before a gavel gets pounded, we booked time in his busy schedule to get a play by play account of his working life.