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Author Topic: Auction houses as image/info sources  (Read 996 times)
Vienna Fahrmann
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Austria Austria

« on: August 15, 2007, 03:16:32 am »

     Hello All,

     I don't know if others use these sources, but the Sothebys & Christies auction houses are good sources of images & information about a variety of antiques, including many mechanical ones.  These items are going from one (expensive) collection to another, so the only time they are on public view is for about 3 weeks before the auction.  Right now at Sothebys there is an interesting looking "automaton beam engine mantle clock, French 1900".
     To access larger images & item information at Sothebys, you need to register your e-mail address & choose a password for your free account.  One of the advantages of doing this is that you also gain access to their Sold Lot Archive, which includes items from auctions going back to about 2000.  Just type in your search factors & it will pull up every thing it has. 
      Christies doesn't require an account to access their auction item information, but they don't keep a sold lot archive, so once the auction is over, the image is gone from public domain.
     I use both of these sources a lot & have picked up a lot of useful information along the way.

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