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.

Coutts survey

Coutts places musical instruments above classic cars in investment report

07 September 2017

The value of musical instruments outpaced the investment in classic cars and fine art last year, according to a survey by a private bank.

Chinese art and antiques market shrinks as non-payment remains a “chronic problem”

22 August 2017

Failure by buyers to pay for works of art they have successfully won at auction in China remains a major problem for the industry, according to the latest report.


New data protection law: art market warned to overhaul marketing practices

14 August 2017

Lawyers are warning UK art market businesses that they must overhaul their direct marketing to consumers ahead of seismic changes to data protection law from May 2018 – or risk hefty fines.


Sotheby’s profit slips but revenues grow in second quarter thanks to higher lot values

03 August 2017

Sotheby’s revenues for the second quarter of 2017 rose 5% but its profit fell 14% to $76.9m due to a rise in expenses and a decline at its financial services arm.


Christie’s half year auction results recover after tough 2016

19 July 2017

Christie’s first half results show positive signs for the art auction market after a difficult 2016.


British Art Market Federation report heads to Parliament

17 July 2017

The priorities, concerns and opportunities for the British art market are being taken directly to government with a new report launched this week.

St James's

‘Swing from old to new’ evident in SLAD survey

03 July 2017

The number of art dealers specialising in modern and contemporary art in central London is growing, and outstripping dealers in period work.


Dealers “slow to adapt to new technology” says latest art market report

29 June 2017

More than $3.1bn of art, antiques and collectables sell online each year but around a fifth of dealers still have no plans to begin selling online, according to a recent report.

Auction gavel

Higher auction margins and private sales boost Sotheby’s results

10 May 2017

Sotheby’s latest set of results for the first quarter of 2017 showed an improvement in its fortunes over the equivalent period last year.


Dealer survey: customer focus tops ivory and Brexit as issues

08 May 2017

Boosting client confidence and keeping them better informed via new technology head the list of priorities for dealers, according to the LAPADA Members Survey 2017.


Online buyers boost spend according to Hiscox Online Art Trade Report

02 May 2017

The overall value of online sales in the art market increased by 15% in the last year, though many buyers remain cautious about purchasing in this way, according to the annual Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.

Hiscox Online Art Trade Report

Online art market up 15%, according to Hiscox Report

25 April 2017

The overall value of online sales in the art market increased by 15% in the last year although many buyers remain unconvinced about purchasing works online, according to Hiscox Online Art Trade Report.

Art Basel Report: Reports agree market declined in 2016 – but whose statistics do we trust?

01 April 2017

Hit by a lack of top-end auction consignments, the global art market declined markedly in 2016, according to the latest art market report.


Art Basel Report: 10 key findings

01 April 2017

Key findings from the first Art Basel and USB Global Art Market Report.

Dr Clare McAndrew

Art Basel Report vs TEFAF Report

01 April 2017

The Art Basel Report was the first by Dr Clare McAndrew since leaving TEFAF where she had compiled a report since 2008.

Professor Rachel Pownall

Professor Rachel Pownall: TEFAF report’s new author

25 March 2017

Since its launch in 2002 the TEFAF Art Market Report has established itself as the art and antiques trade’s key annual barometer of size and trends.


Dr Clare McAndrew: ‘It is very challenging to measure the art market’

25 March 2017

It is not often that market economists agree, and so it goes with the TEFAF Art Market Report’s current and previous authors. Economics is, after all, not an exact science and analysing a market as opaque as art and antiques is certainly problematic.

Ivory report

25 March 2017

An academic report based on a small sample of dealers and auctioneers has called for “significant structural changes” to the laws governing the sale of ivory.

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel Art Market Report 2017: Auction market weakness boosted dealer sales

22 March 2017

The auction market weakened in 2016, as sales of art and antiques via dealers grew, according to the latest art market report.


Quest for anonymity drives increase in private art sales, says TEFAF Report

06 March 2017

The latest TEFAF Art Market Report which was unveiled today showed private sales of art and antiques rose over 2016 while auction sales declined.