Industry data

Data used for analysing the art and antiques market includes surveys, prices indices, government figures and market reports.

These range from sector-specific studies such as the Antique Furniture Price Index to more general reports such as the annual TEFAF Report and the Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report compiled by economist Clare McAndrew.


Louvre Museum, Paris

Auction sales bonanza in France

23 January 2023

At least five leading auction houses posted their best-ever annual figures in France for 2022, while others boasted exceptional sales during the year.

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Business boomed in a bumper 2022 for French auction houses

23 January 2023

Annual auction house results show strong performances boosted by single-owner collections in particular

Bonhams

Bonhams’ annual turnover breaks $1bn for the first time after string of saleroom acqusitions

06 January 2023

For the first time in its history Bonhams has reported an annual turnover of more than $1bn (£840m). The figures released for 2022 follow a raft of acquisitions by the company.

Paul Allen Christie's sale

Christie’s trumps Sotheby’s in art and luxury sales in 2022

20 December 2022

The top auction houses announced their full year sales results revealing that Christie’s is back on top.

Second-hand items

Why a second-hand buy is a first-class acquisition

21 November 2022

Is buying second-hand set for an unprecedented period of growth?

Jennifer Mass

Scientists and art specialists propose standards for the art and antiques trade

15 November 2022

A group of scientists and art specialists met to discuss proposals to create industry-wide standards for condition reports and the verification of art and antiques.

Dr Clare McAndrew

Art fair attendances are bouncing back says report

07 November 2022

Attendance at art fairs around the world is recovering, according to the latest collector survey.

Phillips New York

Auction house Phillips to open Los Angeles gallery after record half year results

19 July 2022

Phillips reported total sales of $746m for the first half of 2022, up 37% on the previous year.

Christie’s Jussi Pylkkänen

Christie’s confident for rest of year despite challenging climate after hitting £3.3bn in half year sales

13 July 2022

Christie’s released its first half results for 2022, reporting total sales at £3.3bn ($4.1bn), up 34% on the previous year.

Clare McAndrew of Arts Economics

British art market takes hit from Brexit and VAT, says global report

30 March 2022

The red tape of Brexit and the continued imposition of VAT on art imports is having a material impact on the British art market according to a macro-level analysis of global art commerce.

Symev welcomes auction reform

07 March 2022

French auction reform took another step forward last month with the creation of a new regulatory body to oversee sales in France.

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Coins & medals latest sales figures

14 February 2022

The sales figures and market share of the top London auction houses in 2021

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Bumper sales totals reveal Dreweatts now takes top spot in the regions

24 January 2022

Auction figures for firms outside London show a shake-up of the status quo

Bukowskis Stockholm headquarters

Bonhams aims for a European and online boost with Bukowskis purchase

13 January 2022

Auction house Bonhams has bought Scandinavian firm Bukowskis.

Goldsmiths’ Company library

Twin research resources launch online from The Goldsmiths' Company and Cotton regional furniture archive

10 January 2022

New online databases for extensive archive material of two core disciplines in the antiques trade have been launched.

Christie's

Christie’s sales hit a five-year high but slip behind Sotheby’s for 2021

20 December 2021

Auction house Christie’s reported preliminary total sales of $7.1bn (£5.2bn) including fees for 2021.

Sandro Botticelli ‘Young Man Holding a Roundel’

Sotheby’s announces best ever year for sales with new bidders and online growth a big boost

15 December 2021

Auction house Sotheby’s has reported total sales (including associated fees) for the year to date at $7.3bn (£5.5bn).

Cheffins

Auctions give a boost to the latest retail sales figures

23 November 2021

Rising sales of second-hand goods are helping to boost the UK's economy.

Buying online

Online art sales hit $6.8bn for first half of 2021

12 October 2021

Online art sales reached $6.8bn (£5bn) in the first six months of the year, up 72% on the first half of 2020 according The Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.

Dr Clare McAndrew

Smaller dealers see sales dip despite overall improvement according to new report

15 September 2021

Dealers’ sales improved during the first part of the year according to a new report sponsored by Art Basel and UBS, though the results were less positive for smaller businesses.

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