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.

That’ll be the Dray – Paris boost for Christie’s

25 July 2006

The power of one major collection to transform an auction company’s figures was dramatically shown this month when Christie’s France announced sales figures of €122.8m (including premiums) for the first half of 2006.

Swiss role for shippers

17 June 2006

Cadogan Tate Fine Art have launched a new weekly transport service from London and Paris to Switzerland to meet the growing demand for discreet fine art transport.

Antiques sold for scrap as silver price rockets

15 May 2006

ATG have learnt that the strong prices for precious metals on the commodities market has meant some dealers have started selling silver and gold antiques as scrap.

Higher commissions help Sotheby’s to 30% revenue rise in first quarter of 2006

15 May 2006

SOTHEBY’S have recorded a 30 per cent rise in first quarter revenues from 2005, with the 2006 total coming in at $96m.

Antique exports to Hong Kong treble in 2005 as trade outside EU expands

08 May 2006

THE value of UK exports of antiques to Hong Kong almost trebled in 2005 according to the latest Customs figures.

eBay boast 192.9m users now

24 April 2006

EBAY have posted first quarter net revenues of $1.39bn, just over predictions and 35 per cent up on the first quarter of 2005.

Silver rallies after 14% fall overnight

24 April 2006

AS ATG went to press, the price of silver appeared to be steadying following the dramatic fall seen late last week.

Solid Sotheby's results point to healthy market

13 March 2006

London: droit de suite holds no fears

Platinum proves gilt investment

27 February 2006

Platinum was the talk of the commodities world last week after mining company Lonmin, the world’s third largest producer of platinum, was touted as the target of a possible takeover bid.

Things are beginning to look better – BADA survey

20 February 2006

Fewer dealers are suffering a decline in sales and the export market has improved, according to the latest British Antique Dealers’ Association survey of members.


Conservative taste – £30,000

23 January 2006

The tripod table is among the selection of Early Mahogany furniture that contributes to the ACC Antique Furniture Price Index. The sector recorded a 6% fall in 2005 – with tripod tables of routine quality dropping in price – but better examples of any form will buck the general trend.

ACC furniture index falls by a further 7%

23 January 2006

For the fourth year running, prices for standard pieces of antique furniture have fallen, according the Antique Collectors’ Club’s annual index. The figures for 2005 saw the Antique Furniture Index register a record fall of seven per cent to create the best buyers’ market for more than a decade.

Christie’s enjoy 30% sales boost in best year ever

16 January 2006

Christie’s have announced £1.8bn ($3.2bn) in global sales for 2005, the highest total in the firm’s history and more than 30 per cent up on 2004.

Drouot sales up 16%, Christie’s extend lead

16 January 2006

Sales at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris rose 16 per cent in 2005 to €414m (£280m), but firms based elsewhere in the city also continued to increase their market share.

Salisbury are number one in tough climate

11 January 2006

Helped by a £2.6m windfall, Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis emerged from 2005 as the largest-grossing UK provincial saleroom.

Cross-border trade steps up a gear in 2004

06 July 2005

Non-EU imports and exports rise, with surges for Switzerland and others SLIGHT rises in UK art and antiques import and export totals for 2004 hide far more dramatic swings when assessed on a nation-by-nation basis.

ACC furniture Index posts record falls

31 January 2005

For the third year running, prices for standard pieces of antique furniture have failed to keep pace with the property market, according the Antique Collectors’ Club’s annual index.

US fine art market leaves France behind says Artprice study

01 December 2004

THE gap between the French and American art markets has dramatically widened in the past two years.

Sotheby’s enjoy profits at last but look ahead with caution

19 November 2004

AUCTION revenues have leapt by nearly a half, year on year, for the third quarter of 2004 at Sotheby’s. But increased costs have meant that they have also registered a slightly bigger loss.

Jacques Tajan to quit as new owners make their mark

24 August 2004

JACQUES Tajan is set to quit Tajan S.A., the firm he founded in 1994, over disagreements with the firm’s new owner Rodica Seward.