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29th Sep 2016
Kate Banks

A Norfolk auctioneer is in the running for a national award.

Kate Banks, who works in the Fine Art department at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham, has been shortlisted for the finals of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers (NAVA) Novice Auctioneer of the Year Award, which will take place on 5th October at the Oxford Belfry.

At the competition, Kate and her fellow finalists will take to the rostrum to sell a number of varied lots in front of a panel of three judges and an audience of ‘bidders’.  The judges will then put the three best auctioneers through to conduct a live auction during the Association’s gala dinner, where the three finalists will have three further lots to auction.

Kate joined Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in February 2015, after spending ten years at the Norfolk Museums Service in a variety of visitor services, administrative and educational roles.

Keys general manager and Fine Art director Kevin Lines said, “It was apparent from a very early stage that Kate had the potential to be a very good auctioneer.  As well as a detailed knowledge of and passion for fine art, she has presence, charisma, and a way with people that makes them warm to her.”

The winner of the NAVA Novice Auctioneer of the Year award, which is open to those whose first auction took place after 1st October 2015, or who have not been on the rostrum more than four times in total, receives the Clive Emson Auction Trophy Rosebowl, a year’s free membership of NAVA, and £250 to contribute to a charity of their choice.