Online portals


Internet bidding moves into the big league

16 July 2007

Thought that internet bidding was for low value items only? The five-figure sums tendered online at two country sales last week suggest the received wisdom may need a rethink.

UK dealer associations strike online deal with John Lewis Partnership

16 July 2007

THE UK’s top dealer associations have struck a deal with retailer John Lewis leading to the launch of an extensive online art and antiques directory aimed at shoppers.

Online map launched to find the trade around the world

16 July 2007

Antique hunters and collectors now have a way to locate fairs, centres, dealers’ shops and private sellers around the UK using a new online Collectables Map that pinpoints different locations.

Phillips launch interactive site for budding collectors

25 June 2007

Phillips de Pury & Company are to launch a new website – separate from its core brand – in the hope of capitalising on the growing interest in Contemporary art and modern design.

Auctioneers complain about online database’s far-reaching terms

30 April 2007

NEW contracts being rolled out by online art and antiques database Artfact, who took over Invaluable last year, have alarmed a number of auctioneers who have been approached to sign up for their catalogue and online auction services.

Sotheby’s bid to put their clients in control online

26 February 2007

SOTHEBY’s are attempting to gain a lead over their competitors in the crucial area of client services by announcing major enhancements to their website. It follows the decision by rivals Christie’s to bring in new online features such as live bidding last year.

MLA set up new due diligence website as one-stop shop

19 February 2007

A NEW government-backed website is promising to be a one-stop shop to help people buy and sell antiques legally.


New online database unveils the history of the domestic interior

13 November 2006

Domestic Interiors Database, a free online database charting the history of the domestic interior since 1400 in Western Europe and North America, is now available for study.

Email alerts – double the search power for the same fee

23 October 2006

SUBSCRIBERS to auction alerts from can now get twice the number of searches for their money.

Trade remove 1m books in online protest

24 April 2006

...but Web provider still won’t budge on credit card charges

LAPADA offer members online gallery

12 April 2006

As part of an on-going makeover, LAPADA havelaunched their newly-designed website. For the first time the UK’s largest association of art and antiques dealers will offer members the opportunity to create their own online gallery within the site.

April Fool’s Day boycott planned against ABE credit card charges

03 April 2006

Book buyers on the internet are likely to face higher prices when the Advanced Book Exchange introduces new charges to booksellers on April 3.

Sotheby’s back Web learning at new online marketplace

05 October 2005

SOTHEBY’S Institute are backing a new web initiative to improve interest and knowledge in art and antiques.

Invaluable up for sale

19 July 2005

Invaluable, the provider of electronic art market intelligence, say it is business as usual despite news that the company is up for sale.

500,000 prices now listed on ATG site

08 March 2005

THE ATG online price guide has notched up more than 500,000 individual prices for items sold at auction.

A bigger picture

28 February 2005

Responding to requests from auctioneers and site users, the pop-up images on are now bigger.

US fine art market leaves France behind says Artprice study

01 December 2004

THE gap between the French and American art markets has dramatically widened in the past two years.


Mail-order art and bespoke websites prove useful when the going gets tough

16 September 2004

WHAT should the art world do when the going gets tough? Many in the trade sit back and whine. Others go into battle. Those who do get up from their derrières and practise a little innovation and lots of enthusiasm often do well in the most difficult of periods.

High Court rules against former icollector directors

13 July 2004

THE High Court has barred the former directors of now-bankrupt Interactive Collector Ltd from serving as directors of any British company for a period of seven years.

Amazon to compete for share of antiquarian book trade

05 December 2003

Amazon are to compete for a share of the thriving online trade in antiquarian and secondhand books, having acquired rights to use the British Library’s bibliographic catalogue as a searchable database.