The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but large art houses like Christie’s are going online as collectors continue to buy. Photo: AFP The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but large art houses like Christie’s are going online as collectors continue to buy. Photo: AFP
The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but large art houses like Christie’s are going online as collectors continue to buy. Photo: AFP

Art auction houses’ websites never busier as collectors bid online – there’s not much else to spend money on, or to invest in amid coronavirus crisis

  • The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but major auctioneers such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s are moving sales online
  • ‘The thing we feared most is probably going to be our saviour,’ says a director at Bonhams; the trend could expose a tech divide between big and small players

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but large art houses like Christie’s are going online as collectors continue to buy. Photo: AFP The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but large art houses like Christie’s are going online as collectors continue to buy. Photo: AFP
The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on live auctions, but large art houses like Christie’s are going online as collectors continue to buy. Photo: AFP
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