Online portals

Office of Fair Trading probe online listings

20 January 2003

THE Office of Fair Trading are investigating the activities of a London-based listings firm whose mailshots to the trade have sparked complaints.

New Nahum website offers trade food for thought

09 September 2002

ST James’s art dealer Peter Nahum is behind a website just launched specifically with the art and antiques trade in mind. Called Penseroso, it has taken Mr Nahum and his team three years to develop and although there are already website systems aimed at the trade he feels none has fully understood the specialist needs of a dealer.

New venture aims to overcome traditional stumbling blocks of Web transactions

01 July 2002

A flat annual user fee of about £1100, private access to fresh-to-market high quality pieces, and no buyer’s premiums to pay. A pipedream? Not according to new venture, an antiques Website that is attempting to introduce a new concept in trading in the market.

eBay deal sees Yahoo close European sites…

27 May 2002

Yahoo will close five of its auction sites in Europe and instead promote eBay’s competing auctions as part of an agreement the companies announced on last week.

Online view of museum collections

25 March 2002

THE trade will soon be able to scour museum collections all around the country from the comfort of their own homes.

Liquidation confusion

21 March 2002

FEARS that the UK arm of online sales provider icollector have gone bust are not founded, the company’s UK spokesman Mark Hill has reassured Antiques Trade Gazette.

Finelot ‘will thrive’ – Bly

21 January 2002

Finelot chairman John Bly reassured investors last week that the on-line dealership, which made a loss of £1.44m last year, should make a profit by 2004.

Yahoo case sets legal precedent over Internet

21 November 2001

YAHOO have succeeded in their court bid to deny French government jurisdiction over the firm’s activities outside France.

Cloudband finances hit by NY attacks

16 October 2001, the specialist Website firm for rugs and textiles, have had their financing badly hit as a direct result of terrorist attacks in New York on September 11.

New way of marketing online

10 October 2001

MASTERING search engines is the key to gaining better exposure on the Internet, according to one firm who have started offering an alternative to signing up to major portal sites.

ICollector to introduce fee to subscribers

28 August 2001

ICOLLECTOR intend to bring in more revenue by introducing a subscription rate of around £40 a month for their Auction Search service and extending banner advertising on their Website.

QXL suspend Hugh Scully’s valuation site

31 July 2001

QXL have temporarily suspended Hugh Scully’s antiques valuation site while they conduct a summer review of their services.

US look at tightening rules to beat Net fraud

11 July 2001

USA: THE United States government is taking serious steps to beat Internet fraud and is consulting leading e-commerce figures on how to go about it.

In platinum, silver and with music, happy 175th birthday

27 June 2001

UK: ONE hundred and seventy five years of independent ownership is an awe-inspiring feat in an antiques market that has changed beyond recognition in the past decade. But this Manchester firm has moved with the times by issuing digital photographs and publishing their catalogue on the Internet.

Yahoo legal wrangle goes to the US courts

21 June 2001

ANYONE who thought that Yahoo’s decision to ban the promotion of Nazi memorabilia from its site would spell the end of legal wranglings over the issue were mistaken.

ICollector shares suspended pending merger discussions

30 April 2001

FOLLOWING the suspension of share trading in Icollector, the firm have announced that they are involved in merger talks.

How the trade can help business with good advice

09 April 2001

BUILDING confidence in buying on the Web is an ongoing and lengthy process, but one that can be helped by the efforts of those on the sales side.

Three auctioneers link up to promote Scandinavian art

09 April 2001

THREE Scandinavian auction houses – one each from Denmark, Sweden and Norway – have clubbed together to set up a Web presence that they are billing as “the greatest knowledge of fine art in Northern Europe”.

£1m boost to Invaluable’s stolen recovery services

12 March 2001

INVALUABLE have secured a £1m injection of capital from an ethical investment fund to help develop their stolen database services further.

Merger creates new online antiques giant

26 February 2001

ONLY two weeks ago I featured Antique Networking and their plans for the year. What they could not reveal then but have now is their merger with GoAntiques, allowing them to claim the title “largest online antiques business on the Web”.