We learned the trade in auction rooms, raising our hand for a bid, and, if we were the highest bidder, holding up the card with the bidding number. This experience was mainly gained in the English auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London, and subsequently also in other European capitals. These auctions started with lot number 1, and ended when the auctioneer had finished the last page of the catalogue.
A bidder who is interested in a limited number of lots often has to wait for hours before all the lots they want to bid on have appeared. This can be done more quickly and easily, we thought, and the internet gave us the opportunity to do so. So we started with Auction-Experts internet auction software, also known as web software.
Web auctions since 1999
We have been involved in web auctions since 1999, initially with software from third parties, but, as we were of the opinion that this software didn’t sufficiently meet our demands, we started developing it ourselves in 2002. Over the course of the years, we have issued a large number of versions.
Latest version ready now
In 2011 we decided to build a completely new version with the latest development environment and programming language. For this, we use .NET 4.5 and MVC 4 with Razor as programming environment and SQL Server for the database. The software was developed using the experience of hundreds of thousands of bidders, who have bid hundreds of millions of times. The annual collective auction turnover of the clients at Auction-Experts amounts is over €250,000,000.