Posted: November 14th, 2016 -
Best Online Art Auction Houses
Not all online art platforms are the same. You can immediately divide most sites into the set price model common in galleries, or into the open market auction model that has traditionally been the standard for years. While online auctions allow you to gain access to to work and bid from the comfort of your own home, it’s not for everyone. Just like normal art auctions, other collectors will have done their homework and come to the auctions prepared.
If you know what you want and understand the market, this list of online auction houses are an excellent resource to know how and where to jump in.
Auctionaftersale: A fantastic place to access unsold lots from auction houses all over the world. With an impressive amount and variety of items from furniture and jewelry, to vintage collectibles, contemporary paintings and even primitive artifacts, Auctionaftersale lets you safely acquire pieces already authenticated by auctioneers. It’s simple – You make an offer and they’ll forward it to the owner or dealer to help make the sale.
Artnet Auctions: ArtNet Auction features 24/7 art auctions of modern and contemporary fine art, prints, and photographs by important artists. All artworks offered on the site have been evaluated by experienced specialists. Each auction listing provides comprehensive information about the artwork, including a detailed description, provenance, condition, and art market data to assist you with your decision to bid. In order to bid on an artwork, you must register (free) to become an artnet buyer. To become an approved seller, register an account and submit a seller’s application.
Artspace: Artspace has a selection of thousands of artworks from some of the best names in contemporary fine art. From the internationally recognizable to artists on the cusp of their careers, they offer a selection of artworks that will please any level of collector, and are constantly adding new works to the site. ArtSpace also offers a more populist approach to collecting by leveraging an extensive network of partnerships with other galleries, museums, and foundations.
Artsy Auctions: Artsy delivers a well-designed online bidding experience. Collectors can place bids from web, tablet, and mobile, while easily checking on the status of their bids. In addition to their timed online-only auctions, Artsy’s Live Auction allows collectors to browse lots from upcoming live sales, leave max bids, and continue bidding in the live sale. They also provide a consignment service provides auction houses with direct access to collectors who are looking to sell work.
ArtSpace: ArtSpace has a selection of thousands of artworks from some of the best names in contemporary fine art. From the internationally recognizable to artists on the cusp of their careers, they offer a selection of artworks that will please any level of collector, and are often adding new works to the site.
Auctionata: All of Auctionata’s art and luxury collectibles auctions are broadcasted via livestream from studios in Berlin and New York which captures the full experience of the auction room while accessible to bidders worldwide. In May 2016, Auctionata and Paddle8 announced that they would be joining forces to offer global online art, collectibles and vintage luxury.
Paddle 8: Paddle 8 auctions showcase a dynamic range of collectible works – from contemporary art and design to fine jewelry and design objects with cult followings — all vetted by experienced specialists. They invite individual collectors to consign their works to sell at auction or via private sales to a global network of buyers but never disclose results or publish sales in price databases. In May 2016, Paddle8 and Auctionata announced that they would be joining forces to offer global online art, collectibles and vintage luxury.
Sotheby’s and EBay: In March of 2015, Sotheby’s and eBay jointly announced live streaming auctions on eBay. The experience enables art aficionados and casual collectors alike to participate in Sotheby’s live auctions anytime, anywhere with the same confidence and access of those bidding in person in New York. Sotheby’s on eBay is for both the curious new buyer and seasoned collector. Much of their premium arts and collectibles are surprisingly valued under $25,000,
Christie’s: Christie’s provides a large selection of classical pieces ranging from 17th Century Dutch masters to Dynastic Chinese ceramics and even wine! Online, they employ an auction-style model fitting those who bring lots of experience (and nerves of steel) to the buying process. If you’re looking for a wide variety of items from Hermes bags to rare and traditional antiquities in the commensurate price range, this is the place to go.
Invaluable: One of the fastest growing e-commerce sites, Invaluable is a good online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. Auction houses, galleries and dealers can use Invaluable to create and maintain relationships with clients around the world.