Richard Avedon's Marilyn Monroe

Richard Avedon's Marilyn Monroe, Actress, New York. Courtesy of Sotheby's.

With the advent of sites like Paddle8 and Gavel and Grand, it seems that everyone in the art world is getting into the online auction game these days—which is why it comes as no surprise that one of the world’s oldest auction house, Sotheby’s, decided to up the ante by launching a partnership with the Internet’s pioneering auction website, eBay. The collaboration between the two mammoths, which launches today, marks a historic milestone for Sotheby’s global network of collectors who will now be able to bid live through eBay’s virtual salesroom. Window shopping the first offerings—an annual photograph sale and a special New York-themed auction—one can already spot treasures like prints by Francesca Woodman, sketches by Robert Longo, and an early portrait of Marilyn Monroe by photographer Richard Avedon. Ready, set, bid!