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.


Auction

UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

Christie's

Christie’s calm on Brexit as UK chairman says "we will react when we have clarity"

11 February 2019

Christie’s says its London spring sales programme is the “strongest it has ever had” despite concerns of a no-deal Brexit.

Claude Monet 'Nymphéas en fleur'

Rockefeller collection boosts auction house Christie’s 2018 sales to “record-breaking” £5.3bn

07 February 2019

Christie’s reported total sales for 2018 at £5.3bn, up 3% on the previous year – led by the Rockefeller collection which set a record for any private collection at auction.

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Totals remain steady in the UK regions – ATG's review of the auction market for 2018

21 January 2019

Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis regained top stop in the UK regional auction market for 2018, while the investment at Chiswick Auctions has begun to bear fruit. These were just two of the findings in ATG's annual review of the hammer totals and trends at some of the leading salerooms in the UK and Ireland.

Paris, France

French auction houses toast solid annual sales results as Sotheby's tops the table

14 January 2019

Sotheby’s France was the top performer in the country last year, boosted by the sale of a Qianlong mark and period vase that became the most expensive lot sold in France in 2018.

Books

Bookseller boost as number of independent shops grow in the UK

08 January 2019

The decline in independent bookshops in the UK appears to have been halted with growth recorded for the second year in a row.

Rare whisky testing

Third of rare Scotch vintage whisky tested found to be fake

20 December 2018

A sample of vintage bottles of Scotch whisky tested in a Scottish laboratory has been found to be fake.

Sotheby's New York

Sotheby’s “cautiously optimistic” about autumn auction season

01 November 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s reported its third-quarter results for the three months to September 30 revealing a net loss of $27.8m (£21.43bn) - down 19% on the $23.5m posted a year ago.

The ArtTactic Art Market Confidence Indicator

Could the contemporary art market bubble burst?

02 October 2018

Confidence in the contemporary art market has dropped 24% in the first six months of 2018, amid fears of a potential bubble.

Sotheby's New York headquarters

Sotheby’s latest figures show sales up but profit margins lower than expected

06 August 2018

Sotheby’s made more sales but at lower margins in the first half of 2018 according to its latest financial results.

Auctions

Sales growth buoyant for top auction houses for first half of 2018

17 July 2018

Global auction sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips jumped 21.6% in the first half of 2018, according to the latest report by ArtTactic.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Art takes on wine and wins as it is crowned top investment asset

21 June 2018

Consignors tempted back by salerooms to sell at auction in 2017 has helped put art top of the league of investment assets, according to the latest report.

Gilane Tawadros

DACS: Blockchain will create ‘fairer’ art market

11 June 2018

The growth of new technologies such as blockchain will lead to a ‘fairer and more ethical’ art market, says The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

Kusama

Market analysis reveals gender imbalance in top artists at auction

01 June 2018

Only 13 of the top 100 artists at auction last year were women, according to a recent analysis by the art market site MutualArt.

Sotheby's

Sotheby’s reports 19% jump in turnover after private sales and Hong Kong auctions boost

04 May 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s has reported a 70% jump in private sales in the first three months of 2018 to $247m (£182m).

TEFAF NY Spring

Surge in demand for art-secured loans as access to finance for art and antiques dealers remains poor

04 May 2018

Nearly 90% of art and antiques dealers want easier ways to borrow money to fund purchases and nearly a third believe the lack of available lending hampers growth, according to a recent report.

Online market expects competitive year with growth at 12%

23 April 2018

The online art market’s growth is slowing but the use of mobile phones to buy art continues to increase.

Hockney

Online art market up 12% to $4.2bn but growth slowing according to latest Hiscox Report

17 April 2018

The growth of the global online art market slowed in 2017 as price transparency remains a key issue for new buyers.

UK exports

UK art exports to China soar despite overall slide in international customs figures

11 April 2018

Art and antiques exports from the UK continued to fall in 2017, recording a decline of 2.2% to £4.84bn, according to UK trade figures from HMRC. At the same time, there were areas of significant growth, including exports to China which rose by 350% to £115.9m in 2017.

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The latest market forces reflected in Art Basel’s 'The Art Market 2018 Report'

26 March 2018

The global report delivers the bigger picture for auctions and dealers but there are findings relevant to the mid- and lower-markets too.

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