Catawiki, an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based online auction house, raised $82M (approx. €75m) in Series C funding.
The round was led by Lead Edge Capital with participation from previous investors Accel and Project A Ventures and former Booking.com executives, including former CMO Arthur Kosten.
The company will use the funding to strengthen its presence in existing markets, expand into new markets in Europe and many other regions around the world and hire for hundreds of positions, in particular software developers, auctioneers, inside sales executives and country managers.
Co-founded by René Schoenmakers (CEO) and Marco Jansen (CTO), Catawiki is an online marketplace for buying and selling special objects. Created as a community for collectors to buy and sell collectibles such as comic books and stamps, the company has expanded to over 60 different categories and has grown into the premier online destination in Europe for buying and selling special items.
Its biggest categories currently are jewellery, art, classic cars and watches. Recent sales have included a strand of Napoleon’s hair, a Tyrannosaurus rex jaw, the first Tintin comic, a Jaguar E-Type convertible and a bottle of 1975 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru.
Catawiki has 200 employees in five countries, which include France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.