For the first time in the prize’s ten-year history, a female fine art auctioneer won the UK’s Novice Auctioneer of the Year award. In October, Georgina Hilton, who joined Christie’s in 2013 and works in the Old Master paintings department, beat nine male colleagues to take the title, organised by the National Association for Valuers and Auctioneers (Nava). It is the third year in a row a woman has been awarded the prize, although both previous winners were property auctioneers.

The win is a boon to female art and antiques auctioneers, both established and aspiring, who have long been outnumbered in a male-dominated field. But is this a sign that things are finally evening out between the sexes?Yes, says Catherine Southon, who started out at Sotheby’s in 1996 and set up her own eponymous auction business five years ago, holding sales in Surrey, just outside London… read more 

Images | Rising stars of the rostrum: award-winner Georgina Hilton of Christie’s Christie’s