London, England (CNN) -- The internet is increasingly the preferred space for people to do their shopping. But can it also be a platform for selling original art?
Growing numbers of affordable art websites suggest that it can, attracting new and young collectors eager to invest in the art stars of tomorrow -- for as little as $20.
"One of the things that I learned through the years was that people come through the door of any gallery with a considerable amount of baggage and a lot of preconceived notions about what the art world is like and what buying art is like," said Jen Bekman, founder of affordable art website 20x200.
She set up 20x200, she said, so that more people could have access to art, and so that talented, emerging artists could have a platform to exhibit and sell their work.
After all, young artists can't wait around for the likes of art impresario Charles Saatchi to buy up their degree shows, says Isobel Beauchamp, whose website degreeart.com sells work by artists fresh out of art school. The internet is a way, she says, for artists to show their work to the widest possible audience.
"I'd say most artists nowadays have a website or use the internet in some way to promote their work -- it's a given," said London-based painter Chloe Le Tissier, who promotes and sells her work online as well as in galleries.
With increasing amounts or original art available to purchase at the click of a mouse, CNN selects a handful of affordable art websites known for the quality of the work they sell -- as well as for their reasonable prices.
20x200 was set up by New York-based art dealer Jen Bekman in 2007. It sells limited edition prints (a limited run of a specific piece of work) in a variety of sizes. Smaller prints sell for as little as $20, all the way up to $5,000 for larger works. Those by young and emerging artists sit alongside works by established names such as U.S. artist Lawrence Weiner.
"We (sell to) people who are utter novice collectors and people who are very serious collectors, who sit on the committees of museums and things like that," said Bekman.
Ugallery was set up by friends Alex Farkas, Stephen Tanenbaum and Greg Rosborough while they were still at the University of Arizona. It now represents the work of 350 artists.
Prints, sculptures and paintings can be snapped up from as little as $25, though the average price of artworks sold through the site is $400. "We wanted to provide a place where people could buy original, affordable artworks, without the intimidation of stepping into a gallery," said Tanenbaum.
Degreeart was set up by London art and fashion graduates Isobel Beauchamp and Elinor Olisa in 2003, and features work by artists schooled at some of the best art institutions in the UK. Prices start from £25 ($40) for a limited edition print, all the way up to £15,000 ($24,000).
"People were really interested in buying art by emerging artists, hoping a little for someone who would be worth a lot of money in future, but didn't know where to to look," Beauchamp said.
Fans of the site include seasoned buyers as well as novices and prospective buyers are welcome to pop into their gallery on Vyner Street in East London to check out the works in person.
ArtStar offers a curated selection of limited edition and original artworks, with prices for limited editions starting from as little as $25.
"We want artists to be able to share their work with collectors around the world," reads ArtStar's website. Helmed by New York art advisor Chrissy Crawford, the work on ArtStar is carefully selected by seasoned art experts and the website features a curated online gallery.
But will the internet replace the traditional gallery? Beauchamp thinks not. "I don't think physical gallery spaces will ever die out," she said.
"People enjoy going round and browsing," she continued. She stresses that that though Degreeart is online, she and Olisa are always on the end of the phone.
"We still want to provide that personal service," she said.