eBay launches live art auctions - Art Collector

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eBay has launched live art auctions, opening the doors of the traditional brick-and-mortar auction houses to online shoppers internationally.

Partnering with Invaluable, the world’s largest online live auction marketplace, this new art auction platform aims to make art and collectibles accessible to the broadest possible audience, changing the way collectors are able to browse and buy art.

Australian art lovers and collectors are now given the same access to auction merchandise as those bidding in person on the auction room floor, across the world. International bidders will have to pay their own way for shipping.

Gene Cook, the general manager of emerging verticals for eBay Marketplaces says “we know that people want new ways to peruse and purchase fine art and collectibles, and eBay’s live auctions are a best-in-class, inspiring shopping experience that delivers on this at a variety of price points.”

With the new auctions, potential buyers will have the opportunity to browse catalogs for upcoming sales and bid for themselves at the online events or enter in absentee bids for those they cannot attend.

Earlier this year, eBay announced their partnership with international art business and auctioneers Sotheby’s. The first round of live auctions from this partnership will take place at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York in the coming months.

The auctions will be hosted on eBay’s us site, ebay.com/collectibles-liveauctions, and will also be available via eBay’s search engine for discovery purposes.

Emily Cones-Browne

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