Anyone who has attended a live auction can attest to the thrill of bidding wars and the chance to see rare, privately owned works. Through a collaborative online sale, known as “Contemporary Curated,” acclaimed auction house Sotheby‘s and e-commerce hub eBay are delivering that experience on the internet. Some 317 lots of post-war and contemporary art, ranging in price from $2,000 to over $60,000, are up for grabs now—with a live auctioneer streaming on the site as bids flood in.
Works hail from favorites such as Alexander Calder and Tom Wesselmann to artistic innovators like Christo and Sylvie Fleurie. All of this was set in motion by guest curators Dustin Yellen, Roya Sachs, Katie Ermilio and eBay’s Chief Curator and Editorial Director Michael Moskowitz. Moskowitz is an avid collector himself, and the online auction plays host to a video showcasing his stunning SoHo home and private art collection. It’s a nice touch that further elucidates exactly what Sotheby’s and eBay are going for: access to art for both seasoned and fledgling collectors. On top of that, just scrolling through the artworks can further inform perceptions of some of the most well-known, and obscure, artists from this era.
Browse the “Contemporary Curated” lots on eBay right now.
Images courtesy of Sotheby’s