The artelino company was established in 2001 and is a virtual auction house. The family-owned business is located in Icking south of Munich, Germany. From the beginning the auction house has specialized in Japanese art prints from the 18th century until contemporary. Two years later contemporary Chinese art has been added.
The experience of the founders in selling Japanese prints on the internet goes back to 1997/1998 when they programmed, managed and operated Germany's first interactice art auction web site.
In December of 2001 artelino started its first online auction of Japanese print. 15 years later more than 50,000 art objects had been sold in more than a 1,200 online auctions.
The buyers and consignors are art collectors, casual art buyers, resellers, professional art dealers and artists.
artelino does not keep an inventory of its own. Like a typical auction house we act as a mediator between seller and buyer and take a commission for our services.
We operate in the traditional form of an auction house. Each art object must be sent to us. We inspect the authenticity and the condition, make professional images and describe the objects with our own critical expertise.
Also payments and shipments are part of our job. We charge the successful bidders and buyers, pack and ship the art objects and pay the consignors within very short time after auction end.
Our security standards are certified by a quarterly review for the PCI (Payment Card Industry) standard of VISA, Mastercard and Amex by usd AG in Langen, Germany. The web site domain is certified by Thawte.
But we go even one step further. After we received and verified your credit card information, we print this information on paper and delete your credit card information from our server with the exception of the last four digits and the expiration date.
It is simple: data that is not stored on an electronic device cannot be hacked.
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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