Janna Erickson, Artfact
Lempertz Joins Artfact Live
Premier German Auction House Becomes Latest Live Auction Customer
BOSTON, March 20, 2012—Artfact, the leading live auction software, tools and services provider, said today that Germany’s Lempertz auction house has chosen the Artfact Live online bidding and marketing platform to host live auctions. The first auction will be held on March 21, 2012 and will feature paintings from the 15th to the 19th century.
Artfact Live is the web’s most distinguished live auction destination, combining the power of Artfact’s community with state of the art technology to help auction houses effectively market to and generate bids from the world’s most experienced buyers. Artfact CEO Adam Kirsch said Lempertz is one of the most important houses to become an Artfact Live customer this year.
“Lempertz in not only Germany’s largest auction house, but it is one of the leading houses in the world. From a foundation auctioning rare books and art works it has grown into an established expert in many areas, including art works, photography and prints. We’re delighted to have Lempertz join the Artfact Live family,” said Kirsch.
Lempertz’s history dates from the beginning of the 19th century. In 1802, Johann Matthias Heberle established the “Antiquarian Book Shop Including Auctions,” which held important auctions of rare books and art works. After the founder’s death in 1840, his employee, Heinrich Lempertz, took over the company and the newly-named “H. Lempertz” held its first auction in Bonn in 1844. Today Lempertz is the only German auction house to hold auctions abroad. It specializes in old masters, decorative arts, modern and contemporary art, tribal arts, photography and Asian art, as well as antiquarian books and prints. Lempertz is also the only German auction house to be part of the International Auctioneers (IA), a renowned group that unites eight independent auction houses from eight countries.
Artfact provides web-based software, tools and services that connect 25,000 auctioneers with more than 23 million bidders in the world’s largest live auctions marketplace. Artfact’s three websites—Artfact.com, AuctionZip.com and Invaluable.com—list collectibles, art, antiques, real estate, equipment and estate auctions. Auctioneers rely on Artfact’s proven online bidding and auction management software to simulcast their live auctions. Artfact is privately held and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information visit www.artfact.com, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artfact/170692722479 or @artfactlive on Twitter.
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