Remote Retail: Avatar Robots Are Great At Selling Art. Now, What Else Can They Do?
When the coronavirus crisis closed Dmitry Prut’s Avant art galleries in Miami and New York’s Hudson Yards, he took remote selling to a new level, with robots that buyers control remotely from their laptops or mobile devices.
The robots have turned out to be pretty good salespeople. They helped close two major transactions – the sale of a $70,000 sculpture, and a $80,000 commission for a second sculpture – and led to sales of several paintings worth five figures.