After three and half years of development ArtInfo finally introduces its Sales Index, an auction database meant to be ArtNet’s only significant competition. As it stands now however, the company has a product that can compete amongst the smaller companies for traffic such as ArtFact and ArtPrice but not much more. Presumably as part of their promotion the database searches are currently without cost, a service that would be worth a lot more if they had launched with a reasonable amount of images. Within the first 20 results I conducted on Jeff Koons sculptures only one lot with a jpeg came up, rendering the majority of the searches meaningless for those without a photographic memory. Considering 7 of these lots were sold post 2000 there’s really no excuse for not having more scans and digital files online.
Art Info: Giving You What You Paid For
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