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Press Release - January 30, 2018
Heritage Auctions Shatters Industry Record With $438 Million in Online Sales in 2017More than 53.7 percent of total revenue comes via internet, a 26-percent surge over 2016
The 2017 total marks the third straight year of record results for the firm, again ranking No. 1 in the auction industry as a whole. The total is a 26 percent increase over the previous record of $348,107,079 in 2016. The 2016 annual Hiscox Online Art Trade Report cited Heritage as surpassing all other auction houses in online sales.
"Heritage continues to see clients routinely purchase six- and seven-figure works of art and collectibles through the internet and on HA.com," said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder of Heritage Auctions. "Without exception, no other auction house in the world is doing this much business online."
Key departments driving online growth include Sports Collectibles, which logged more than $100 million in total annual sales. Sales of Vintage Comic Books and Comic Art hit a record $44.3 million in 2017, including more than $10.8 million from Weekly Internet Comics Auctions.
Online bidders set several world records and made seven-figure purchases, ranging from the $1.6 million sale of Tough Call – a world record for a Norman Rockwell study – and a $2 million bid for Jackie Robinson's 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey.
A newly launched mobile app offers one-touch mobile bidding and barcode scanning of professionally graded rare coins and comic books from the hobby's leading services.
"We are always seeking new ways to streamline the buyer-seller relationship," Halperin said. "As a result, bidders are showing their confidence in digital to acquire some of the most valuable lots auctioned in 2017."
Late last year, the firm surpassed 1 million online bidder members who use its platform to buy and sell fine art, jewelry, luxury real estate, fine wines, intellectual property and collectibles including rare coins, comic books and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The firm now adds new clients at a rate of about 5,000 a month.
Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.
The Internet's most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.
Eric Bradley, Public Relations Director