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The art and antiques market continues to grow its presence in the online sphere thanks to the development of online catalogues and auctions, dealer portal sites as well as giant trading sites such as eBay.


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Scam alert sounded for art and antiques trade as email invoice fraud tops £100m

26 March 2019

The cost to firms of cyber fraudsters' invoice scams reached nearly £100m in 2018 and as small businesses the art and antiques trade is vulnerable, according to the latest report.

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Online record for Sotheby’s as economist Friedrich von Hayek’s Nobel prize medal brings major bidding

22 March 2019

A new record for any item sold in an online-only sale at Sotheby’s was set when the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science awarded to Friedrich von Hayek (1899-1982) sold for £950,000.

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The web shop window: Rewind Vintage

18 March 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Norfolk auction house relaunch, Henry Aldridge & Son changes, Fellows fine jewellery and Artcurial's online-only sales - the latest business news from across the auction houses

08 March 2019

Norfolk sisters Catherine and Shelley-Anne Wilford have launched Beeston Auction House after the retirement of the owners of Townsend Auction Galleries.

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Ebay’s new tracking policy could lead to higher postage fees

08 February 2019

EBay has announced a change to its postal tracking policy as a caution against buyers who fraudulently claim they never received items that were sent.

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Modern British art dealer launches new website for paintings under £2000 to encourage new buyers

10 January 2019

Modern British art specialist Liss Llewellyn has divided its business across two buying platforms to help customers search for and find pictures from its 4000 items of stock more easily.

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Sale of Boris Becker's collection to go ahead next year, says auctioneer

06 December 2018

The auction house handling the much-contested sale of Boris Becker’s personal collection has said the event will now take place next year. It follows the bankrupt former tennis champion dropping his claim to diplomatic immunity.

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Online giant AbeBooks to continue trade in four countries after dealers remove books from site

12 November 2018

A mass boycott by more than 580 book dealers across 27 countries has forced AbeBooks to U-turn on its planned withdrawal from four countries.

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AbeBooks ‘not suitable sponsor’ for ABA as giant quits four markets

05 November 2018

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) has scrapped its sponsorship deal with Amazon-owned AbeBooks after the online book portal chose to quit selling in four countries.

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Sotheby’s expands into interior design market with relaunch of retail website

24 October 2018

Viyet, a website selling interior design objects, vintage and antique furniture which auction house Sotheby’s bought earlier this year, has been relaunched as Sotheby’s Home.

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‘Online bidders’ expectations are rising’

15 October 2018

We ask ATG’s Richard Lewis why thesaleroom.com is changing its commission fee.

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Online dealers’ platform scraps commission for sellers in a bid for “more transparent marketplace”

24 July 2018

The Kairos Collective, an online dealing platform for antique and designer furniture, has stopped charging commission on every sale as part of a major change in its trading model.

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ATG letter: Why I waved bye-bye to Online Galleries

23 July 2018

MADAM – I wanted to add to the discussion (ATG No 2344) on the recent fee increase by Online Galleries (Anthony Bernbaum of The Peartree Collection writes).

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Blockchain could be “subtle botox” for the art market but not a “facelift”

17 July 2018

Blockchain for the art world is a big opportunity but caution is needed. That was the verdict from Christie’s Art + Tech Summit.

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DACS: Blockchain will create ‘fairer’ art market

11 June 2018

The growth of new technologies such as blockchain will lead to a ‘fairer and more ethical’ art market, says The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

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Online second-hand watch firm snapped up by Swiss luxury goods group

08 June 2018

Online vintage and second-hand watch retailer Watchfinder.co.uk has been bought by Swiss luxury goods firm Richemont.

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Market analysis reveals gender imbalance in top artists at auction

01 June 2018

Only 13 of the top 100 artists at auction last year were women, according to a recent analysis by the art market site MutualArt.

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Online Galleries defends price rises in line with increased traffic

28 May 2018

UK antiques portal Online Galleries has significantly increased subscription costs, causing many dealers to complain of steep price rises.

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Antiques business targets new buyers’ base with modern strategies

18 May 2018

A new online antique business is targeting a newer modern market, presenting its stock as part of a lifestyle brand.

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Hedge fund owner of Savile Row tailor plans online-only auction at Sotheby’s

14 May 2018

Savile Row tailor Huntsman & Sons and financier Pierre Lagrange are to hold an online auction at Sotheby’s later this month.

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