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.

Web moves highlight online gap between US and UK

20 December 2001

First icollector close their London operation, now consolidate service in New York: Growing acceptance that the US antiques trade and collectors are happier to complete transactions online than their UK counterparts is illustrated by two major moves that have just been announced.

Yahoo case sets legal precedent over Internet

21 November 2001

YAHOO have succeeded in their court bid to deny French government jurisdiction over the firm’s activities outside France.

$6262 to be the man with the golden gun…

05 November 2001

Listed on eBay on October 15 with an opening bid of just $75, within seven days this gold plastic PEZ space gun dating from the late 1950s/early ’60s had attracted a final bid of $6262 (£4540). At today’s prices, that’s more than 22 times the cost of an ounce of real gold.

Cloudband finances hit by NY attacks

16 October 2001, the specialist Website firm for rugs and textiles, have had their financing badly hit as a direct result of terrorist attacks in New York on September 11.

New way of marketing online

10 October 2001

MASTERING search engines is the key to gaining better exposure on the Internet, according to one firm who have started offering an alternative to signing up to major portal sites.

Brick-and-mortar disputes may spell the end for

29 August 2001

A DISPUTE over rent and refurbishment could spell the end of, the Ohio-based online auction house, who have shed 20 of their 24 staff and shut down temporarily in the crisis.

ICollector to introduce fee to subscribers

28 August 2001

ICOLLECTOR intend to bring in more revenue by introducing a subscription rate of around £40 a month for their Auction Search service and extending banner advertising on their Website.

US online auctions firm launches bid to take over Icollector

21 August 2001

US-based Ableauctions have made an offer to acquire fellow online auctions firm ICollector in a share swap deal that values ICollector at £9.8m ($13.9m).

QXL suspend Hugh Scully’s valuation site

31 July 2001

QXL have temporarily suspended Hugh Scully’s antiques valuation site while they conduct a summer review of their services.

US look at tightening rules to beat Net fraud

11 July 2001

USA: THE United States government is taking serious steps to beat Internet fraud and is consulting leading e-commerce figures on how to go about it.

In platinum, silver and with music, happy 175th birthday

27 June 2001

UK: ONE hundred and seventy five years of independent ownership is an awe-inspiring feat in an antiques market that has changed beyond recognition in the past decade. But this Manchester firm has moved with the times by issuing digital photographs and publishing their catalogue on the Internet.

Yahoo legal wrangle goes to the US courts

21 June 2001

ANYONE who thought that Yahoo’s decision to ban the promotion of Nazi memorabilia from its site would spell the end of legal wranglings over the issue were mistaken.

ICollector shares suspended pending merger discussions

30 April 2001

FOLLOWING the suspension of share trading in Icollector, the firm have announced that they are involved in merger talks.

How the trade can help business with good advice

09 April 2001

BUILDING confidence in buying on the Web is an ongoing and lengthy process, but one that can be helped by the efforts of those on the sales side.

Trends show up in ceramics auctions

09 April 2001

The growth of the Internet, and the reluctance of the biggest auctioneers to deal with low-value goods, has helped provincial auctioneers win more business.

Dennis, Jonah and Oor Wullie…

09 April 2001

THE 300-LOT postal and online comic auction which ended on March 13 was a complete sell-out and saw a top bid of £2540 for a copy of the first Beano Book (or annual) of 1940, which had a rather worn spine but was otherwise designated vg.

Three auctioneers link up to promote Scandinavian art

09 April 2001

THREE Scandinavian auction houses – one each from Denmark, Sweden and Norway – have clubbed together to set up a Web presence that they are billing as “the greatest knowledge of fine art in Northern Europe”.

The Internet makes its mark on a general sale

26 March 2001

ICOLLECTOR seem to be on a roll with their new eBay deal. After a good start, they have put in another creditable performance, this time at the recent Dargate Galleries sale of general antiques and collectables, reported in detail below.

£1m boost to Invaluable’s stolen recovery services

12 March 2001

INVALUABLE have secured a £1m injection of capital from an ethical investment fund to help develop their stolen database services further.

Merger creates new online antiques giant

26 February 2001

ONLY two weeks ago I featured Antique Networking and their plans for the year. What they could not reveal then but have now is their merger with GoAntiques, allowing them to claim the title “largest online antiques business on the Web”.