Goodbye, eBay Live

Those of you who have used ebay Live often will notice that all listed upcoming auctions are before Jan 1, 2009. Don’t be fooled. This is not because the auction houses have slowed down due to holidays, but eBay has officially ended its eBay live auction services and will focus on their traditional auction business in future.

For me, the nice thing about eBay live is not about being able to bid online (certainly you can, but sometimes with some annoying delay which costs you winning plus some auctions charges higher buyer premium for online bidders). But eBay listed all upcoming auctions together so that you can use traditional search engine to search items among all auctions. I have found this is quite powerful. (There is some similar service which charges monthly fees!)

http://www.liveauctioneers.com/ will hosts the online auction service for traditional auction houses. I tend to think their user interface is not well done, but at least you can still browse through catalog without going through each auction house’s own website!

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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