Live Auctioneers Gets an F from the Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau gives a big F. Live Auctioneers received the most complaints out of all the 11 auction companies in the industry.

Live Auctioneers LLC

Phone: (212) 947-4427
220 12th Ave Fl 2
, New York, NY 10001

BBB® F Rating
On a scale of A+ to F

An Industry comparison chart shows that had the most complaints filed in the Auctioneers industry. Out of 11 different businesses in the industry, they were the one ranked with the most complaints. See the chart below:
# of businesses with NO complaints in the past 36 months 7
# of businesses with 1-4 complaints in the past 36 months 3
# of businesses with 5-25 complaints in the past 36 months 1 Live Auctioneers LLC is in this range.
# of businesses with 26-99 complaints in the past 36 months 0
# of businesses with 100 or more complaints in the past 36 months 0
Total # of same relative size businesses in the BBB database in this type of business 11

Live Auctioneers Redesigns Web Site

Live Auctioneers New WebsiteLive Auctioneers just announced the redesign of their web site. Unfortunately for the bidders, they didn’t change their policies or poor customer service. The new redesigned site was announced through a press release that quotes Live Auctioneers CEO Julian R. Ellison. In the press release he states that some of the changes came as a direct result of his listening “to feedback received from auctioneers and bidders.” It’s interesting how the auctioneers always seem to come first before the bidders for LiveAuctioneers.

Auctioneers are the ones that pay to sell on the site. As a result, the rules are skewed to benefit them and screw the bidders. As a matter of fact, there are numerous complaints across the internet about unethical and law-breaking auctioneers that sell through, yet since they pay, they get to stay on the site regardless of their actions.

In the same press release, the company bragged about their 2nd quarter growth of a paltry 1.40% increase in unique visitors, while eBay increased 14% in new users and substantially more in unique visitors, 10 times more than them. It’s obvious that low increase in unique visitors is due to their lack of respect and support for bidders. As more and more visitors to the site encounter problems with auctioneers, that number will continue to decline and other competing online auction sites will continue to flourish.

Live Online Auction of Marilyn Monroe Pictures

 Live Online Auction of Marilyn Monroe PicturesArtfact, the world’s largest live online auction marketplace, announced that it will hold a live online auction of one of the world’s largest collections of unpublished pictures of Marilyn Monroe. It will be selling the photographs from the collection of celebrity fashion photographer Milton H. Greene.

While claims that it “has become the Web’s leading auction-related site”, which is contrary to the truth as ArtFact is the leader, LiveAuctioneers has been unable to get a major celebrity-related auction since the boondoggle they created with the Michael Jackson auction. It ended up in lawsuits and disgrace for Live Auctioneers.

The Marilyn Monroe photography live auction begins on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) and is offered by the auction house Profiles in History. The collection includes 82 lots of Marilyn Monroe photography with some never before seen by the public until now. The 3,700 camera negatives comprising the Marilyn Monroe portion of the Greene archive represent the largest sequence from the actress’s mature working life ever offered for public sale. In addition, the images in this exclusive collection are being sold with copyrights, enabling a potential buyer to print images from the negatives and transparencies, sell them and license them. It becomes a unique opportunity for collectors and business related buyers.

“Artfact is proud to bring this fabulous and extensive collection of Marilyn Monroe photography to the public. As one of our greatest cultural icons and celebrities, we’re thrilled to showcase this exclusive line-up featuring Marilyn Monroe,” said Artfact CEO Rob Weisberg.

The collection of Marilyn Monroe color and black-and-white photos ranges from the formal, to the fashionable, and even to the provocative. It includes transparencies and negatives from some of her most well-known sessions with Greene, including their first day together (the “Balalaika” sitting), the “Ballerina” sitting, the “Nude” sitting and images related to her work in such films as “Bus Stop” and “The Prince and the Showgirl”.

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an actress, model and singer, who became a major celebrity and starred in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. Monroe and Greene began working together in 1953 and shot more than 50 sittings over the course of four years. Greene experienced considerable success in a career that spanned more than four decades, and was well known for his work featured in such publications as Life, Look, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

This exclusive auction also includes a number of other significant items from Greene’s portfolio, including negatives and transparencies from well-known sessions with Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen and Audrey Hepburn. Online bidding is now available on and will remain open leading up to the sale on Saturday, July 27 AT 11:00 AM.