Internet

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.


Many happy returns to Gazette site

09 June 2003

The second birthday of the Gazette’s web site (it was officially launched in May 2001) saw its usage rise to new heights with over 2 million hits and nearly 300,000 pages viewed in a single week.

Bidders enjoy moonlighting as big hitters stay at home

08 May 2003

THANKS to intense internicine competition between major London dealers such as Richard Green and David Mason in recent years, the once-maligned name of Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1839) has become a byword for high prices at UK art sales.

Another online scam?

17 February 2003

AFTER what seems an unending number of complaints about unscrupulous online fair guides charging for unwanted advertising, the Antiques Trade Gazette has now heard about what appears to be a new scam.

Sotheby’s end separate sales on the Web

10 February 2003

Sotheby’s have dramatically scaled back their ambitious but costly Internet operation, announcing an end to all separate online auctions by early May.

GoAntique.com file for Chapter 11 protection

10 February 2003

ONLINE antiques and collectables mall GoAntiques.com have filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States.

Office of Fair Trading probe online listings

20 January 2003

THE Office of Fair Trading are investigating the activities of a London-based listings firm whose mailshots to the trade have sparked complaints.

Your chance to acquire the King’s crown…

15 November 2002

For all those fans who ever longed to run their fingers through Elvis Presley’s hair, now there’s a chance. While locks or strands of Elvis’ boot-polished black hair have been sold in the past, one of more than 1400 memorabilia lots in a sale closing on November 14-15 on www.mastronet.com is something just a bit special.

Mickey, Muffin and all Net collectors’ interest

23 September 2002

The bane of the shop trade and the boon of auctioneers – the Internet has certainly transformed the marketplace and nowhere is this more true than toy sales.

Valuation days still a key to success in the Net age

23 September 2002

THE Internet may well be gathering momentum as an effective marketing and selling tool for Herefordshire auctioneers Brightwells who now illustrate about a quarter of the catalogue entries on their website launched in February.

antiquestradegazette.com hits a million

17 September 2002

antiquestradegazette.com has received 1 million hits in a single week for the first time. The growth in site traffic to 1,200,000 hits in the week ending 8th September represents a significant jump over the previous week, which saw 848,000 hits.

New Nahum website offers trade food for thought

09 September 2002

ST James’s art dealer Peter Nahum is behind a website just launched specifically with the art and antiques trade in mind. Called Penseroso, it has taken Mr Nahum and his team three years to develop and although there are already website systems aimed at the trade he feels none has fully understood the specialist needs of a dealer.

US online auctions law could set global precedent for Internet

02 September 2002

THE State of Illinois is on the verge of introducing a new law to tackle Internet fraud that could lead the way for legislation elsewhere in the US and across the world.

New venture aims to overcome traditional stumbling blocks of Web transactions

01 July 2002

A flat annual user fee of about £1100, private access to fresh-to-market high quality pieces, and no buyer’s premiums to pay. A pipedream? Not according to new venture Whozbuyingwhat.com, an antiques Website that is attempting to introduce a new concept in trading in the market.

eBay deal sees Yahoo close European sites…

27 May 2002

Yahoo will close five of its auction sites in Europe and instead promote eBay’s competing auctions as part of an agreement the companies announced on last week.

Investors take over Dargate in $160,000 cut-price deal

08 April 2002

A GROUP of investors has taken control of both Pittsburgh’s Dargate Auction Gallery and ewolfs, the troubled Cleveland-based dotcom enterprise.

Online view of museum collections

25 March 2002

THE trade will soon be able to scour museum collections all around the country from the comfort of their own homes.

Liquidation confusion

21 March 2002

FEARS that the UK arm of online sales provider icollector have gone bust are not founded, the company’s UK spokesman Mark Hill has reassured Antiques Trade Gazette.

Now eBay strike online deal with sothebys.com

05 February 2002

THE influence of eBay in the online antiques trade has increased further with the announcement of an online deal with sothebys.com.

Firm trends start to appear in US online auctions

29 January 2002

A NEW survey of US auctioneers shows distinct trends developing in online auctions that should help them establish their presence long term as part of the selling process for antiques.

Finelot ‘will thrive’ – Bly

21 January 2002

Finelot chairman John Bly reassured investors last week that the on-line dealership, which made a loss of £1.44m last year, should make a profit by 2004.

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