Did You Get That Utrillo On The Web?

Collectors are flocking online to buy pricey art

Ken Raboy, a senior manager at Andersen Consulting in Dallas, loves to haunt art galleries on business trips to New York, indulging his passion for collecting prints and drawings. But this year, Raboy isn't traveling much. So is he collecting less? Not at all. He has simply shifted his shopping to the Internet. Since January, Raboy, 43, has bought five pieces from two online art sites, including a Frank Stella print he thinks he "absolutely stole" for $2,600 at a Sothebys.com online auction in May. "I now make it a regular habit to go to Sothebys.com and artnet.com to see what's new," Raboy says.

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