DPW has always opened to the “What’s New” and not to an auction page. You are right about there having been what we called, an auctions landing page, which opened when the auction tab/link at the top of the site was clicked. That page did have four rotating sections of “Ending Soon”, “Just Added”, “Active Bidding”, and “DPW Picks”, same as the links in the left-side quick search bar.
I was never really happy with that page because, for performance reasons, it only was able to rotate through the top 50 auctions in each section and it didn’t offer any search capability. I felt like it was just another page to have to click through to be able to view and search on all the auctions. So, I decided over a year ago to remove the page to better streamline full access to the auctions.
I think the reason for the “low number of views and engagement” varies from artist to artist, strongly dependent on talent and skill, however it is, in general, also due to the ever greater competition as more artists, world-wide, sell online. Further, auction sales are only a small percentage of total sales through DPW and so I can’t see how not putting the auctions front and center would have a significant effect on overall sales.
The reason there is a good chance you’ll see 10 auctions by “V Y” up at the top of an auction page is because he is a prolific artist and poster to DPW, with over 300 active auctions at any given time. It was because of this that I limited the number of auctions displayed for any given day to 10 per artist, so an artist couldn’t monopolize the page.