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It is being viewed as a trial by all parties, with the intention of broadcasting all of Huachen’s November sales via the website.

Chinese-speaking bidders at the sale were supported by the-saleroom’s agents in Beijing; Qiyi Wembo Art Co and several other Beijing auction companies watched closely to see whether the service might be appropriate for them.

Meanwhile, the-saleroom published figures for live online sales held in August which showed that the number of buyers for the month online had risen by 145 per cent year-on-year.

The statistics also showed that new bidders exceeded 30 per cent of online buyers for August.

Another landmark was the success of an online bidder from Guatemala at McTear’s of Glasgow’s specialist whisky sale during the month.

That takes the number of countries from which successful bids have been made at live auctions via the-saleroom.com to 55.