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Artplode Heralds a New Era in Art Sales


Artplode, a new high-end international art sales website is changing the art world forever. Everyone can offer fine art for sale on Artplode with no commission charged to buyers or sellers, ending the dominance of auction houses with their exorbitant commission charges.

LONDON (PRWEB UK) 26 September 2014

Artplode, a new high-end international art sales website, is changing the art world forever. The up market site enables everyone to sell art with no commission charged.

Artplode has launched with nearly £2million in artworks offered for sale by private collectors, dealers, galleries and artists in 30 countries.

The site includes works by modern-day masters Matisse and Mirò, celebrity artist John Lennon, and big names in pop art such as Andy Warhol. Buyers also can pick up a bargain by talented and as yet undiscovered artists.

“We are excited to launch Artplode, which is unique in that we welcome private collectors listing art for sale alongside works being offered by galleries, dealers and artists,” said Artplode founder and CEO, international art dealer Maureen McCarthy. “Artplode also re-introduces the time honoured tradition of art patrons dealing directly with the master artists,” she said.

McCarthy, who for the past 20 years has been an agent for the publishing arm of the John Lennon estate, represents a number of respected dealers in works by the Masters including Monet, Picasso and Boccioni. She predicts Artplode will be a forerunner of the demise of auction houses that charge 40 percent or higher commission on sales.

“The art industry doesn't adequately cater for collectors who want to resell art. Artplode fills a gap in the market where collectors can offer art for sale on a high quality website for a listing fee of only £60 per artwork,” she said.

McCarthy anticipates Artplode's no-commission policy will result in private collectors offering many fine artworks never before offered for sale in galleries or auction houses.

The website was created to be easy to use for buyers and sellers. Sellers list information about the artwork, upload photographs, discuss questions directly with potential buyers and arrange payment and shipping the art themselves.

Collectors can quickly and easily navigate Artplode to find works listed by sellers in their own country or search by fine art category, subject, medium, style, country of origin of the artwork, size and price.

Art lovers and collectors also may register for instant email alerts for sought-after works as soon as they become available.

While Artplode has works for sale from prominent galleries in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and Australia, McCarthy believes many galleries are struggling to adapt to the challenges of online selling.

“It is one of the saddest and most troubling elements of the fast-changing art market that so many brick and mortar galleries have closed or will close,” she said. “There are serious implications in this trend for new artists and established artists who have developed their careers through regular gallery exhibitions.”

Art can be purchased on Artplode at prices beginning at £1000 to the current priciest item £100,000 for a complete John Lennon Bag One Suite of lithographs.

Andy Warhol's colorful Marilyn 26 print is for sale for US$126,000 (£77,000). The iconic signed screen-print is part of a series Warhol created in homage to the legendary actress following her death. This month marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most famous moments in cinema history when Marilyn's skirts were blown upward on a New York sidewalk.

In its debut month Artplode has already attracted listings from sellers on every continent. “We have been delighted with the response and already have thousands of followers including a few very heavy hitters in the fine art and online art market,” the Artplode CEO said.

McCarthy said Artplode's appeal is that it allows everyone to offer art for sale on the site, not just galleries or artists. “The concept of selling art with a one off fee and no commission charged is revolutionary in the art world” she said.

“For £60 anyone can sell their art alongside works by Warhol and others being offered for six figures.”

For more information
Tel (44) 2071 220912
email: media(at)artplode(dot)com

Written Enquiries
Artplode LTD
Suite 4B
43 Berkeley Square
Mayfair Westminister
London W1J 5FJ
United Kingdom

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