The growing and seemingly irresistible urge of Middle England to pick out a family heirloom and flog it has driven a boom in smaller, regional auction houses.

The craze, popularised and encapsulated by the BBC valuation and sale series Flog It!, has highlighted a market otherwise dominated by the London’s Big Four auctioneers of Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams and Phillips.

Yet while they dominate the multimillion-pound world of fine art and antiques, they have left much of the lower-hanging fruit to provincial auctioneers.

Last week Auction Technology Group (ATG) acquired the German art & antiques portal

Founded in 2002 by Jörg Wisniewski, Lot-tissimo is based in Hamburg, Germany. Initially focussed on auctions in Germany and Austria, the portal now lists art and antiques auctions from across Europe. In 2010 Lot-tissimo collaborated with ATG and launched its own Live Bidding service utilising technology provided by Auction Technology Group.