eBay announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Invaluable to bring over 2,000 auction houses to eBay buyers.
Invaluable has its own live online bidding platform letting collectors and dealers around the world bid in real time. It provides auctioneers with marketing and ecommerce solutions with Invaluable itself as well as with its AuctionZip property. It also gives them access to its own auction management software.
“Invaluable works with many of the premier brick-and-mortar auction houses around the globe, and they were the natural partner for us to work with to bring live auctions back to the eBay platform,” said Gene Cook, GM of emerging verticals for eBay Marketplaces. “We’re excited to bring Invaluable’s incredible selection of unique, high-end artwork, antiques and collectibles to eBay’s global community.”
"Invaluable's online live auction marketplace makes one-of-a-kind merchandise from thousands of Invaluable and AuctionZip auction houses around the globe accessible to online bidders,” said Invaluable CEO Rob Weisberg. “In this exclusive partnership, eBay and Invaluable will rapidly scale the live auction industry by providing online buyers with virtual access to auction house salerooms from the convenience of their home, office or their mobile device.”
eBay will be launching a destination for arts and collectibles in the coming months. It will use Invaluable's platforms for auction catalogs, which will be promoted through eBay, and to its users.
There will be special events, and shoppers will be able to participate in traditional live auctions.
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