[New York/London 9/21/15]: the-saleroom.com, the leading portal for art & antiques auctions in the UK and Europe and Bidsquare (http://www.bidsquare.com), a leading online bidding platform in the US, have forged a partnership benefiting antique and fine art buyers and collectors on both sides of the Atlantic. Participating auctions will be listed on each other’s respective websites, allowing auction houses to reach new international bidders and conveniently expose more fine art and antiques to buyers on both continents.

With a combined monthly audience of more than 800K unique visitors the-saleroom.com and Bidsquare will provide auction houses with the opportunity to reach new markets of European and US buyers through each other’s platforms. “We are excited to partner with the-saleroom.com, the leading auction platform for the UK and Europe,” said Bidsquare CEO, Allis Ghim. “There is great synergy between the North American and UK art and antiques markets. Bidsquare and the-saleroom.com are playing an important role in fostering a robust network by providing buyers access to the most credible sellers of antiques, fine art, and collectibles.”

Launching on October 1, this partnership will allow auction houses in both markets to take advantage of the reach and marketing power of each platform and bring an enriched selection to buyers and collectors. With the globalisation of the fine art and antiques market, the number of buyers who purchase art and collectibles online is increasing. According to the Hiscox Online Trade Report 2015, online art buying is increasingly becoming part of the way buyers acquire and collect art. With the new partnership, the-saleroom.com and Bidsquare will further expand the curated selection of the best art and antiques accessible to buyers online.

Anne Somers, CEO of the-saleroom.com says ”Our position as a leading auctions marketplace in the UK means we will be able to offer Bidsquare buyers and collectors access to a huge range of European art & antiques on one easy-to-use portal. At the same time, we are thrilled to be providing additional exposure to an international audience to the auctioneers who work with us.”

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About Bidsquare: Bidsquare is a trusted online bidding platform that connects buyers and collectors from all over the world with leading auction houses. Buyers can bid real-time online or in advance through an absentee bid on rare and luxury items in over 15 categories, including fine and decorative art, design, jewelry, collectibles, and couture. Since its launch in September 2014, Bidsquare’s curated platform has seen triple digit growth, hosted over 400 auctions from its exclusive network of more than 80 auction houses, and facilitated more than $76 million in online bidding activity. For more information, please visit www.bidsquare.com

About the-saleroom.com: the-saleroom.com is wholly owned and operated by ATG Media – a global pioneer of auction portals and live and timed online auctions. The-saleroom.com works with some of Europe’s leading auction houses including Woolley & Wallis, Fellows, Ketterer Kunst and Czernys. In 2014, the portal transacted $140 million in sales online, hosted more than 6,000 auction catalogues and 3,800 auctions for a wide range of auction houses. With over 600,000 unique visitors per month and year-on-year visits growth of 40%, the-saleroom.com provides a seamless experience to bidders looking to browse, search and bid on fine art and antiques at a wide range of auctions.

About ATG Media: ATG’s websites allow bidders from around the world to browse fully illustrated sale catalogues and place bids over the internet in real time with live audio and video feeds delivering the auction room atmosphere. Bidders are also able to participate in timed, online-only auctions.

The sites have exceptional brand recognition - 80% of visitors to ATG's websites visit because they know the brand or they find the brand via organic search. In the past 12 months the sites have sold 1.3m lots totalling in excess of £260m online.
A team of 50 highly trained specialists in London and Seattle offices provide world class 24/7 customer support.

ATG Media's brands are:

the-saleroom.com
Europe's leading website for fine art and antiques auctions providing a complete range of online services for buyers and sellers.

BidSpotter
BidSpotter.com and BidSpotter.co.uk are the world leaders in industrial online auctions

i-bidder.com
The website for construction and farm equipment, retail returns and commercial auctions

White label products
ATG’s award winning technology powers lot-tissimo.com (Germany's foremost fine art and antiques auction portal) and Spink Live (the world's oldest auctioneer and antique dealer).

Antiques Trade Gazette
Antiques Trade Gazette is the acknowledged authority of the art and antiques trade - a weekly newspaper providing the latest in market information, news and analysis. It is the publication of choice for professionals and collectors around the world.
Launched in 1971, ATG is currently experiencing significant increases in paid circulation and advertising volumes. The newspaper is now published in a high quality format praised for its clarity and high-fidelity colour.
A subscription to the newspaper provides an unrivalled weekly update on the UK and international art and antiques market with analysis, dealer news, fair reports and industry comment - all in addition to what is found on this website.
ATG is also the first choice publication for auction advertising, alerting readers to thousands of new buying opportunities each week.


For more information contact:
ATG Media
Gemma Carver, CMO
gemmacarver@atgmedia.com

Bidsquare
Allis Ghim, President & CEO
allisghim@bidsquare.com

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