• Online art marketplace Artsy raises $50M at $275M valuation to double down on auctions

    Online art marketplace Artsy raises $50M at $275M valuation to double down on auctions

    The market for buying, selling and learning about visual art online is getting a significant boost today. Artsy, the New York startup that has positioned itself as the go-to place for all things arty — a platform for people to learn about visual art online as well as explore opportunities to buy and sell work — has raised $50 million in funding. The company is not disclosing… Read More

  • Auctionata Raises $45M To Build Out Its Live-Streamed Auction Business

    Auctionata Raises $45M To Build Out Its Live-Streamed Auction Business

    The tide is rising for live streaming services, and just as this is lifting apps, other kinds of streaming startups are seeing a boost as well. Today, Auctionata, a Berlin startup that broadcasts online live auctions for fine art and collectibles, announced that it raised €42 million ($45 million) in a Series C round of funding from a group investors led by MCI Management… Read More

  • eBay To Host Live Art Auctions On New Site

    eBay To Host Live Art Auctions On New Site

    In July, eBay announced a partnership with noted auction house Sotheby’s to help bring its inventory of art, antiques and collectibles online via a new live auction format with real-time bidding. At the time, eBay said Sotheby’s was the “anchor tenant” to trial this new format on Today, the company is expanding on these earlier efforts with a number of… Read More

  • Want A Meeting With Tim Cook? You Can Win One For Charity

    Want A Meeting With Tim Cook? You Can Win One For Charity

    CharityBuzz in conjunction with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is auctioning off a coffee break with Apple CEO Tim Cook at his Cupertino office, a prize valued at $50,000. That’s right: if you have a great idea for the next Apple TV With Smellovision this could be your chance. Read More

  • Auction-Meets-Group-Buying Site BagThat Bags $3.2M From Oxford Capital

    Auction-Meets-Group-Buying Site BagThat Bags $3.2M From Oxford Capital

    BagThat, a new UK entrant to the daily-deals/e-commerce space, has picked up an investment of £2 million ($3.2 million) to develop its service, a mash-up of two well-known models for selling products online: auctions and group buying. The funding is being led by Oxford Capital and is the first close on this round. BagThat says it is expecting additional institutional investment in the round. Read More

  • StuffBuff Social Bidding System Hits Beta And You Can Try It Here (You Can Also Get a PS3 For Cheap)

    StuffBuff, a TC50 company, has officially launched bringing with it social, embeddable auctions for the masses. What is StuffBuff? It’s basically an auction site with a social bent. Instead of wading into a mess of used sleeping bags and broken Nintendo DSes on eBay (true story!), you head over to StuffBuff and set up an auction. You can then embed the auction into your… Read More

  • LeWeb: Sokoz turns real-time auctions into web entertainment

    [FRANCE] Sokoz is a quick-fire real-time, reverse auction platform in beta that makes bidding for online goods dangerously fun for the shopping-addicted. The site is available in French and English. Each auction starts with a top price which begins to fall until either the reserve price is reached or all units of the product are passed. Like a shopping channel TV show, live sales begin at… Read More

  • Man to put entire collection of 700 Nintendo games up for auction

    Dan Hentschel is a video game collector. He has 2000 video games for multiple systems and now he’s selling is entire Nintendo collection, including a thumb drive containing a full catalog of his collection. That is, friends, 700 different games, consoles, and controllers for on low, low price of whatever the madmen out there bid this up to. Sadly the auction isn’t live yet but Dan… Read More

  • Got $2 million? You can buy a T-rex skeleton. Because why not?

    Many years ago (like 1992ish), I subscribed to some sort of Dinosaur magazine. It had all sorts of dinosaur facts and stories that any young child with an interest in science and/or biology. Every issue (it was a monthly publication) came with a single piece of a rather large dinosaur puzzle. Buy all 12 issues, and you have a dinosaur model on your hands. Never did I imagine that, one day… Read More

  • How much would you pay for an original lightsaber?

    Say you had to bid on an original lightsaber that Mark Hamill wielded in both Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Go ahead, pick a number. $1000? $5000? $50000? How about a quarter of a million dollars? Yes indeed, some fanboy laid down $240,000 for what is perhaps the holy grail of sci-fi memorabilia. I don’t know that I’d pay that much for a real lightsaber. For… Read More

  • iPhone! $1,000! Unlocked! Nikon lens!

    Get over to Alibaba because they’ve got all kinds of unlocked iPhones 3G for your purchasing pleasure. They only cost $1,000 each and they’re apparently carrier agnostic, which is great since there really isn’t a software or hardware unlock for the device yet. It even has some specs: * iPhone 3G ORIGINAL from Apple coming soon
    * GPS
    * SMS
    * 8GB
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  • Australian man auctions off his life on eBay

    An Australian man is auctioning off his life on eBay. Neat! So yeah, some guy in Australia, Ian Usher, just split up with his wife, and rather than be a good solider and find someone else, he’s decided his life isn’t worth living, per se. Not that he’s going to off himself, but that he’s giving away his life—house, job, car, possessions and his friends. The… Read More

  • 'Wayne's World' AMC Pacer up for auction on eBay

    It’s not the actual, actual car from the movie but it was “built by Paramount as a prop for the Paramount Kings Island ride, Stan Milenkos.” So it’s at least somewhat legit. The Buy It Now price is $7,999.99 and bidding is currently just over $2,500. The car itself is a 1976 AMC Pacer with 25,565 miles on it. It’s located in Columbus, Ohio which, incidentally… Read More

  • Dear Mom: KITT is up on eBay

    I know you read this blog, Mom, to keep tabs on me. And because you’re proud that I’m the only guy here yet to make dick jokes, so I’d like to draw your attention to an auction on eBay. You might remember when growing up that Knight Rider was one of my favorite shows after the Dukes of Hazzard and The A-Team. I always wanted to drive KITT, and now I can. See, KITT is up… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: AOL 1.0 Floppy, $5,000

    It’s at zero bids, but it would make a great stocking stuffer for, well, nobody. It’s just interesting to know that these things still exist, or at least one of them. It’s an AOL 1.0 floppy disk, and it’s on eBay, and it’s going for just under a grand now. Or you could “buy it now” for $5k. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing. Maybe… Read More

  • Green Eee (4GB) shows up on eBay Germany

    The green Eee wasn’t supposed to be available until early next year and it was supposed to be the 2-gigabyte version. Well there’s apparently a 4-gigabyte version shipping out of Taiwan that’s only being offered by two Taiwanese sellers on eBay’s German site. Weird. Both sellers appear to be established enough (one’s got a 417 rating, the other is 2260) that… Read More

  • $12,000 NES game up for sale

    Don’t you think $12,000 for an NES game is outrageous? I don’t care that it’s a super rare 1990 Nintendo World Championship cartridge. But I guess when there’s only 116 copies and it being the third rarest game of all time may warrant such an astronomical price tag. Of course, you need to find an NES that won’t crap out. I had no idea that there were 26 gold… Read More

  • Old school PlayStation shoes on eBay

    Well look at these humdingers. They’re up for auction on eBay right now with a current bid of $1000 and there’s still three and a half days to go. They come with some pretty loud purple laces that you can’t see in this photograph, but why not just click on through and see what all the hubbub’s about? Man, these are size 13. I wear size 13. Should I buy them? I… Read More

  • Yama hama, that's a lot of video games

    Another Monday morning with nothing to buy with the $11,000 burning a hole in my pock — what’s this??! Over 1700 video games, systems, and accessories on Ebay?! Shipping varies based upon your location but costs can get up around $1500 unless you use the Buy It Now option ($10,979) in which case shipping is free. The first line of the auction makes me sad; “After decades… Read More

  • The Government Is A Step Away From Taxing Your eBay Sales

    Ben Franklin was pretty much right on the money when he said that this country is nothing but death and taxes. Tax experts are pushing the IRS to force online auction sites like eBay and Amazon to track users’ sales and report them to the government. However, should the IRS tax sellers on their auctions, I suspect eBay would see a significant drop in overall auctions from smaller users… Read More