A story of passion

How it started

Catawiki was established in Assen, The Netherlands, by comic books collector René Schoenmakers and IT developer Marco Jansen.
Back in 2008, René would spend hours online, passionately searching for rare comic books to add to his collection – with little success. Marco chimed in and together, they created Catawiki as a place for collectors to interact with each other and keep track of their collections. The name Catawiki is a combination of the words ‘catalogue’ and ‘wiki’.
The website quickly gained popularity, and in 2011 the founders introduced an auction feature. To ensure that auctions would always feature special and high quality objects, they started hiring Experts who would review and select each submission before publishing it online.
Over the years, many more special objects and Experts have been added across categories that now span Collectables, Art, Design, Jewellery, Fashion, Classic Cars, Watches, Wine and many more.
Today, over 75,000 objects are auctioned every week, resulting in over 1 billion bids. Yet, the majority of special objects are still sold offline. Our mission is to bring this traditionally offline world online, with Catawiki as the most popular destination for special objects.

Our Values

Take ownership

We’re continually building. Each and every one of us takes initiative to grow our business.

Delight our customer

We strive to be our customers’ preferred destination in their ongoing search for the special objects that fulfil their passions.

Move in Sync

We each play a role in Catawiki’s success and we only succeed if we are successful together.

Be Geeky

We embrace new and scalable technologies to be able to lead the offline to online transition of the world of special objects.

Be Open

We are always learning and evolving in order to challenge convention. We remain humble, flexible and curious.

Be Passionate

We go deep, solve complex problems and innovate in order to be experts in our fields.

Our commitment

Catawiki is committed to building a diverse company and diverse teams. That includes everyone, no matter your age, ability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. We welcome applications from underserved and underrepresented communities. If you’ve got a story to tell, come and join us.

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