Auction Central News Launches Online Resource Created as the foremost resource for news and specialist information within the global antiques, fine art and auction sector, Auction Central News (“ACN”) launches today at www.AuctionCentralNews.com.
News-Antique.com - Sep 03,2008 - AuctionCentralNews.com Offers Sellers and Collectors Single Destination for News, Information and Interaction
NEW YORK, NY – September 3, 2008 – Created as the foremost resource for news and specialist information within the global antiques, fine art and auction sector, Auction Central News (“ACN”) launches today at www.AuctionCentralNews.com.
Produced by LiveAuctioneers.com as a courtesy to its database of 2.8 million registered online bidders worldwide, ACN is the premier online destination for authoritative reports, columns, interviews with industry insiders, recent auction prices realized and tips on upcoming auctions.
Unlike any other news portal reporting on the auction business, ACN takes a comprehensive approach that incorporates news, images and video from stringers and news services worldwide, while at the same time welcoming "grassroots" input, in the form of press releases and news tips from auctioneers, PR firms, dealers and collectors.
“After nearly two years of extensive research and development, we are excited to announce the first online news service that is devoted exclusively to art, collecting and auctions,” said LiveAuctioneers.com CEO Julian Ellison. “Created as our gift to the collecting community worldwide, Auction Central News will serve to connect collectors to auction house owners, agents and other collectors, while finally affording them a true online lifestyle destination to discuss their hobbies and give feedback regarding the industry.”
ACN is an outgrowth of LiveAuctioneers.com’s hugely successful weekly e-mail newsletter, which has been an important informational resource to the trade and collectors for nearly five years. Under the direction of Editor-in-Chief Catherine Saunders-Watson, ACN's team of writers and associate editors in the USA, United Kingdom and Continental Europe are dedicated to providing the very latest news and information from across the globe. In addition to breaking news, the site features regular columns written by nationally syndicated experts on antiques and art, including “Furniture Specific,” “Live Auction Talk,” “Gallery Report,” and “Common Sense Antiques.”
Additionally, ACN brings you special features such as “Vantage Point,” a Q&A interview column with industry leaders in the guest chair; “Hot Lots,” which tracks selected high-interest items currently online at LiveAuctioneers.com; and video clips contributed by auction houses as well as ACN’s own staff.
Members will also have the ability to converse via bulletin boards and chat rooms. Also under development are antiques and arts wikis that will encourage auction houses, collectors and dealers to share their knowledge, as well as a Vlog function and many other innovations.
The launch of ACN comes on the heels of publicly released details of plans for LiveAuctioneers.com to launch an independent online-bidding platform separate from eBay, their current platform provider.
Founded in November 2002 and recently named to Inc. Magazine's 2008 list of the 5000 fastest-growing privately held companies, Manhattan-based LiveAuctioneers.com provides real-time Internet bidding capability to more than 730 auction houses in a dozen countries. LiveAuctioneers.com has opened up once-exclusive sales to the cyber community worldwide through online publication of auction catalogs, and Internet bidding. Similar to telephone bidding, buyers at remote locations can conveniently participate in auctions in real time