Interested in watching this week’s Impressionist and Modernist sales at Christies and Sotheby’s live on the Internet? Me neither, but there’s undoubtedly a collector or two who will find this new service useful. Via Culturegrrl
Update: Here Be Old tells us the webcast isn’t too exciting.
I imagine this feature is mostly for the convenience of remote customers. There isn’t much to see, since the unmoving camera is trained on the auctioneer. I wish that Sotheby’s had hired a camera man to sweep the audience and train in on the actual bidders. I want to witness on each face the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, or the steely lack thereof.
Additional cameras would probably help their sales, but I suspect the cost of launching such the endeavor would be more than they’d make back.