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Smith, American Express and the Ukrainian-born Blavatnik, who owns Warner Music and film company Icon UK among other media and industrial interests, are among a group of investors to have put $53 million into the site.
Their investment bring the value of the company, which has already attracted investments from Twitter and mobile payments company Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, to around $600 million, according to reports.
Described as “part store, blog, magazine and wish-list” The Fancy offers a venue where people can post photographs of things they “fancy” buying and then allows sellers to offer goods. Buyers and sellers can do deals directly via the site, which takes a 10% cut on purchases and promotes the most fancied products.
Joe Einhorn, The Fancy’s founder, has described the site as providing new version of the old way of buying things: through identifying communities that form around desired objects, goods or services and offering a new way for sellers to meet those demands.
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