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‘Breaking down barriers to trade’

Why ATG chief believes online consolidation will bring benefits to buyers and auctioneers

Consolidation in the online art market has been long expected – but slow in coming. Last month Auction Technology Group, parent company of Antiques Trade Gazette, upped the ante with its purchase of German platform lot-tissimo, founded in 2002 by Jörg Wisniewski. Initially focused on auctions in Germany and Austria, the portal now lists art and antiques auctions from across Europe.

The commercial arguments for platforms in this space to merge are compelling: the art market is increasingly global, fuelled by maturing internet platforms which by combining can share technological know-how and operating costs. But what’s in it for customers: bidders and auctioneers?

Last week the Gazette put this question to Auction Techology Group chief executive, John-Paul Savant.

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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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