Around the World in 14 Days - Artfact to Host Live Auctions in the UK, Germany, France, and Israel

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Between the dates of April 9-23, 2009, Artfact will host a series of live partner auctions from around the globe, featuring items ranging from furniture to rare toys to Russian art. During this two-week period, auction houses in Scotland, England, Israel, France, Germany and the U.S. will target an audience of global bidders using Artfact's industry leading Artfact Live! auction bidding platform.

Imagine traveling to Scotland to acquire exceptional paintings, England to collect rare toys, Israel to find fine art, France to buy exquisite jewelry, Germany to discover Russian works of art, and the United States to locate the perfect piece of furniture…all in 14 days! Through Artfact's industry leading live auction bidding platform, Artfact Live!, or Invaluable Live! in the UK, it's possible to discover and purchase all of these items without ever leaving the comforts of home. Artfact's auction house partners span the globe and now, thanks to Artfact, so do their auctions. So, if you can't be part of the live auction action in New York, Jerusalem, Paris, Edinburgh or any of the other cities where Artfact's partners are located, simply visit Artfact.com (or its UK-sister site Invaluable.com) to register free to bid live online and explore the world's largest marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions. If you're not ready to bid, simply watch the activity live from the auction floor using the Artfact Live! or Invaluable Live! auction console.

Leading off the flurry of international auction activity available on Artfact Live! between April 9-23, 2009, is a "Jewelry, Watches, Wristwatches, Silver & Objects of Vertu" auction held by Rossini Maison de Ventes aux Encheres of Paris, France, on April 9, 2009. Paintings will be offered by Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh, Scotland on April 15, and fine art can be found at Matsart in Jerusalem, Israel, which will present its "Israeli, Jewish & International Fine Art" sale on April 16. Out of Stockton on Tees, UK, Vectis Auctions is holding a "Toys & Trains" sale on April 17. In the U.S., Freeman's in Philadelphia will offer "American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art" on April 19, and on April 22 Doyle New York will host its annual "Doyle+Design" sale, featuring modern and decorative art. Finally, Russian Art is on offer in both New York and Berlin. "Important Russian and European Fine Art" is on the block at Gene Shapiro in New York on April 23 while Auktionhaus Dr. Fischer will hold a sale of "Russian Works of Art & Paintings" in Helbronn, Germany on the same day.

Since the departure of eBay Live Auctions, Artfact has taken the lead in the live auction arena by partnering exclusively with the world's most prestigious auction houses to host their online auctions. Artfact's ever-expanding list of premier, live auction house partners includes: I.M. Chait of Beverly Hills, Swann Galleries, Koller Auctions (Zurich), Gorringes (UK), Ritchie's Auctioneers (Canada), Mallet Japan, The Old Church Auction Galleries (South Africa) and Lawsons (Australia), to name a few.

About Artfact
Founded in 1989, Artfact is the largest global marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate auctions. On January 1, 2009, Arfact launched Artfact Live!, its proprietary live auction bidding platform, enabling users to bid real time on auctions being held around the world by its prestigious auction house partners. Currently, over 1,000 fine auctioneers actively list their catalogues with Artfact.com and its U.K. sister site Invaluable.com, reaching the Artfact community of more than 10 million knowledgeable collectors and dealers worldwide. Artfact's two websites, Artfact.com and Invaluable.com, now have close to 2 million unique visitors monthly, as verified by Quantcast. Artfact's industry leading database includes more than 50 million complete auction results totaling more than $190 billion in value, including information on more than 500,000 international artists. In 2006, Artfact merged with RFC Systems, the leading provider of enterprise software developed specifically for the fine art and antique auction house industry. RFC helps prestigious auction houses around the world manage their businesses by automating their day-to-day operations.

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  • Additional background information available.
  • Interviews with Doug Ellinger, VP Marketing, dellinger (at) artfact (dot) com, (617) 219-1082
  • Complimentary media subscriptions to the Artfact database available.

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