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The final mile

Delivery of art and antiques is highly competitive as suppliers vie to provide customers with a better, faster experience. But there are still complexities to iron out, not least expectations on cost

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As early as the 1990s, with the arrival of eBay and the first generation of websites, the art and antiques market dreamt of a fully joined-up service – one where purchases could be made ‘at the click of a mouse from the comfort of your own home’.

In truth, with the technology in its infancy, internet speeds slow and logistical hurdles too high, the experience was anything but easy.

Only in the past decade, with the arrival of the smartphone and aggregator sites such as thesaleroom.com, has online purchasing gained real traction across the market.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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