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ICollector strike live online bidding deal with EBay

22 January 2001

EBay are to provide the technology for customers to bid live online at sales held by hundreds of auction houses whose catalogues can be scanned on ICollector’s Website.

Out-of-court deal blocks hope of Web sales ruling

15 January 2001

HOPES of clarifying ownership rights over items sold at auction on the Internet have suffered a setback with the settling out of court of a potentially precedent-setting case.

Yahoo to ban Nazi lots... but not because of French ruling

08 January 2001

YAHOO have decided to ban sales of Nazi memorabilia and other items promoting racism from their Website from January 10.

Antiques Portfolio files for insolvency

09 November 2000

UK: ANTIQUES Portfolio, the dotcom company which had tied in its future with the now defunct Gavelnet, has itself filed for insolvency

German Internet debate

17 July 2000

THE German Society of Art Auctioneers is to consider acting as an Internet portal for its members, so that they can all make a “joint appearance” together.

Gavelnet take over Antiques Portfolio

17 April 2000

UK: INTERNET auction specialists Gavelnet have announced that they will now be offering dealers a low cost service. All technical problems will be taken care of by Gavelnet – only a phone is necessary.

Clamour for Artprice.com shares

07 February 2000

FRANCE: FRENCH online auction information company Artprice.com became the first dot.com business to hit the Nouveau Marché Paris on Friday January 21. Its stock was placed at Fr125 (£11.67) per share and the 1.15m shares on offer represent 18.4 per cent of the company capital.

Hugh Scully strikes £3m deal with QXL.com

25 October 1999

UK: HUGH Scully, Antiques Roadshow presenter since 1981, has signed a five-year deal with internet auction house QXL.com, worth £3m.

Internet auctioneer woos dealers with incentives

04 October 1999

UK & US: A NEW Internet auction house, due to launch simultaneously in the United States and the UK on October 15, aims to woo dealers in high value art and antiques by special incentives and simplifying the process.

Artnet shares plunge on German exchange

09 August 1999

GERMANY: INTERNET art auctioneer Artnet.com which floated on the Frankfurt exchange in May, have denied a claim by magazine Boerse Online that their main shareholders are selling their shares.

Amazon join Sotheby’s in 10-year web alliance

21 June 1999

THE race for auction supremacy on the Internet took yet another turn last week when Sotheby’s announced a long term alliance with the best known name in e-commerce, amazon.com.

Stock Market cash still drives Net sales

07 June 1999

GERMANY: IN another fortnight of rapid developments in e-commerce, Artnet.com, specialist fine art service provider on the Internet, went public on May 17 when it offered shares in its parent company, artnet.com AG, on Frankfurt’s Neuer Markt stock exchange.

Art insurance on the Web

10 May 1999

UK: PRIVATE collectors, museums, dealers and exhibitions are the target audience for a new art insurance programme launched on the Internet.

Amazon reach for the gavel

26 April 1999

THE INTERNET bookseller Amazon.com recently launched an online auction service for their customers in obvious emulation of the phenomenally successful ebay person-to-person auction community.

Nahum tries to broker trade deal with ebay

26 April 1999

UK: DURING the past few weeks rumours have been circulating among British dealers, Internet specialists and the art press that the British trade associations have been in talks with San José-based online auction giant ebay with a view to establishing a Web-site for the international art trade.

Treasure trove pilot

19 April 1999

UK: MORE than 13,500 archaeological items were found and recorded in the first year of a Government scheme to register historical finds, a new report reveals.

Database of displays

19 April 1999

UK: THE Museums and Galleries Commission has launched Cornucopia an initiative which aims to provide a complete picture of the wealth of UK museum collections.

Web update for Bonhams and Phillips

05 April 1999

PHILLIPS have assigned exclusive live broadcast rights for their auctions to The Auction Channel ... just as Bonhams announce that they have beaten the other three leading auction houses to offer real time bidding via the Internet – again with The Auction Channel.

PINning down their clients

30 March 1999

IT IS not only in their association with The Auction Channel that Bonhams are forging ahead with new technologies; the saleroom recently re-launched its Web-site, which has been redesigned to incorporate a range of new client services.