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The first thing to know is that an auction aggregator presents a single platform from which you can access potentially thousands of individual auction sites worldwide; live, timed, or any other form of presentation. The best of these offer search capabilities, active wish lists, and historical prices realized.
The best of the aggregators handle billing, communication with the auctioneer, and complaint resolution. The member auction house itself is responsible for terms of sale, catalog descriptions, buyer fees, and arranged shipping.
The rise of auction aggregators since 2000 has fundamentally changed the art, antiques and collectibles market in ways still to be realized. By increasing market exposure for auction houses, the potential for getting closer to true value for an item is theoretically expanded geometrically.
We will take up auction houses themselves on another page soon.
AuctionZip is the world’s largest online auction marketplace. They are the go-to destination where more than 25,000 professional auctioneers and 13 million auction buyers come together each year to list and find auctions. Every week they list thousands of new items at auction, and live auctions around the world.
The site can be a little awkward to use, but gives you good search parameters to work with. Some listing auctioneers are not very user friendly. AuctionZip represents all types of auction, not just art and antiques.
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Barneby's has had major success in Europe since 2011 and has recently begun signing up U.S. auctioneers at an average rate of two new members a day.
The idea behind Barnebys came when the founders realized how difficult it was to navigate around the art world. This was back in 2011, after many hours searching the web, the results were practically fruitless, as there was little available to access all art and antiques in one place.
Their Swedish site was launched in the fall of 2011, and just a couple of months later, the lion's share of the Scandinavian houses were affiliated with Barnebys and just a click away. They've come a long way since, and they are now in the US, UK, France, Spain and Germany.
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Bidsquare was launched when six renowned auction houses decided to join forces. In an unprecedented move, like-minded competitors came together for the good of buyers, sellers and auction houses alike.Bidsquare delivers a vast array of exceptional property, from fine art to estate jewelry to modern design and historical artifacts, all vetted by America’s foremost auction houses. The site also boasts a free, searchable database of over a million auction records – and counting.
Many of the auctions are represented exclusively on Bidsquare. The six founding auction houses are:Brunk Auctions;Cowan's Auctions; Lesiie Hindman Auctioneers; Pook & Pook; Rago; and Skinner.
Catawiki was founded in 2008 and was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage and keep track of their collections online. Visitors can still add new items to the existing catalogue of collectibles.
Catawiki welcomes many millions of visitors from all over the world every month. The organization therefore has a strong international focus, with employees from all over Europe. Their offices are located in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Spain.
Catawiki’s auctions are carefully compiled by their team of specialist auctioneers. They help guarantee a varied and high quality selection of lot listings in their weekly online auctions.
Unsurprisingly, the name Catawiki is a combination of the words ‘catalogue’ and ‘wiki’. In 2011, Catawiki began hosting weekly auctions in various categories, including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, books, and stamps
Catawiki is a slightly different venue for online auctions.
We have an active business relationship with Catawiki. Click on the banner below to learn more.
"EBAY - Live Auctions" is different from the traditional EBAY format and operates as a typical auction house aggregator presenting live auctions by numerous auction houses. The first member to sign on in July 2014 was Sotheby's.
The format is a little different from the other aggregators in that you can browse by category which lists all items in that category listed by all participating auctioneers. The lots are shown with pictures and the current bid but the auctioneer isn't identified until the potential bidder clicks on the lot. At present, there is no searchable listing of member auctioneers.
Live auction items are sold by established, well known auction houses. Each auction house is an independent seller, curating their own items and events.
This venue still seems to be in the formative stages, even though it was introduced in 2014.
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Invaluable was founded in 1989 in Boston, Invaluable also has offices in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom, and currently has more than 80 employees. It carries active auctions from all over the world as well.
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This is one of the premier aggregators, starting in 2002, the NYC-based company formed a marketing partnership with eBay to introduce eBay Live Auctions. This alliance of LiveAuctioneers and eBay enabled auction houses worldwide to go online with their live sales — a development that changed the auction business forever. In 2009, the debut of LiveAuctioneers' iPhone and Android apps, with live-bidding capabilities, opened up a new mobile pipeline to bid anytime, from anywhere, with complete anonymity. [As quoted from their website]
It may seem shocking, but there are over 4,000 auctioneer/seller members on Live Auctioneers! The site also provides a wealth of research and reference material. It is free to register.
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If you have a few items to sell, or want an online store, these venues are potentially a good fit for you. Feel free to check them out and let us know your impressions or experience with any of them.
At 1stdibs, we’re here to connect the world’s best dealers, finest shops and most important galleries with individuals like you: the world’s most sophisticated collectors, designers and curators.
Starting with the few dealers that were hand-selected by our founder Michael Bruno at Paris’s legendary antiques market, Marché Aux Puces, in 2001, we’ve become the global destination for those who must have ‘first dibs’ on treasures — from around the world — that would otherwise be inaccessible.
In 2008, Jacquie Denny and Brian Graves posted the first sale to EBTH.com, the estate sale and antique enthusiasts envisioned a company that would carry on the legacy of interesting secondhand goods and change the way they are discovered.
With an initial focus on bringing estate sales online; EBTH’s passion for helping people and the continued development of our powerful platform made shopping and selling pre-owned easier and brought together a broader audience. The team has coupled a full suite of easy-to-use technology with a full-service approach to consignment, revolutionizing how homeowners, estate managers, dealers and collectors connect with a world of shoppers seeking rare and wonderful things.
As we continue to expand in a growing array of markets our mission to provide an unparalleled level of service in the industry continues. Our commitment to each transaction and every customer is further cemented by our Uncommon Promise. If we don’t hold up our end of the bargain, we’ll do our best to make it right.
With every item starting at just $1, EBTH.com is a thrilling destination to find Everything Uncommon, inviting everyone to browse, bid–and discover something.
A creative marketplace where 24 million buyers around the world spent more than $2.8 billion last year. Sell crafts and vintage goods. Listing fee is .20 with a sales commission of 3.5% plus a payment processing fee of 3% + .25. Listings are for four months. View them at Etsy.com.
GoAntiques claims to be the oldest antique group shop on the Net.
It charges no commissions and has no contract. There are three categories:
Click on the banner below to visit their site.
ICollect247 restricts listing to vintage pre-1980 with not accepting "collector series" post 1960.
They charge $35 per month with up to 12 photos per listing. There are no selling or listing fees. Contract is month to month.
Click on their logo to visit their website.
Maxsold is based in White Plains, NY and primarily auctions estate sales and downsizing sales. They operate in Canada and the U.S. and offer two methods for sellers; managed sales in which they handle everything and seller managed sales in which MAXSOLD provides the sale infrastructure and back office function, while the seller handles cataloging and photography.
Descriptions leave something to be desired and photos on both seller managed and MAXSOLD managed sales leave something to be desired.
Also, if you consider bidding, make sure you read and understand their terms and conditions.
MaxSold has local team members in Atlanta, New England, New York Tri-State, DC Metro (Maryland and Virginia) and Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania, Delaware), Texas, Arizona, Washington State, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ontario and British Columbia.
MAXSOLD is a direct competitor to EBTH.
TIAS was founded in 1995 and hosts over 700,000 visitors a month. They charge no setup fee, but if you sell on a month to month contract, you are charged a minimum of $39.95 or 10% of sales, whichever is higher. An annual commitment drops the monthly minimum to $34.95 or 10% of sales, whichever is higher. Click on the logo to visit their site.
A sales platform offering both listed offers and auction an auction venue.
Trocadero was founded in 1998 and offers three levels of dealer membership:
Listing charges are based on 400 listings, an additional $8 per 100 additional listings. The charges are mostly applied for increased image handling.
Click on the logo to visit their site.
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