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A fresh category of online buying behaviour

Niche collecting categories are increasingly attractive options for online buyers, according to the latest figures

In this section data from thesaleroom.com is used to look at a range of categories within art and antiques.

This page highlights auction data on furniture, silver, jewellery and watches, and on the opposite page is a focus on more niche collecting areas.

The increase in average lot value for watches reflects the buoyant market for mechanical wristwatches that was also observed through the rise in search queries for brands such as Rolex and Seiko (see page 42).

Auctioneers have been responding to this trend by hiring specialists – expect a rise in dedicated watch sales in 2018. With a clearance rate close to 90%, this is an attractive sector to be in.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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