While eBay popularized the concept of virtual bidding, it was not as suitable for the lovers of opulence as it was considered more of commoners comfort that luxury for the elite. But Christie’s is soon proving that bidding online for fine art is as fancy as bidding in person! The auction house created a new virtual record during the sale of the Sze Yuan Tang Archaic Bronzes that belonged to the Anthony Hardy Collection after an online bidder won top lots with a staggering $3.3 million price tag.
With the sale of this rare Chinese bronze wine vessel Fangyi, from the late Shang dynasty from the 12th-11th century BC, the sale officially took away the top spot in the online bidding category which was previously held by the sale of a Stradivari violin sold for $1.27 million in April 2008. Christie’s is known to be the only international auction house that offers real-time, online bidding to all its patrons across all its sale categories anywhere in the world.