Auctioneers Figures

Results and statistics indicating the performance of UK and international auction houses.

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Totals dip across top provincial salerooms

13 January 2016

Despite some welcome exceptions, 2015 proved a unspectacular year for Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auctioneers with one in three salerooms experiencing a fall in sales.

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New York series posts record auction total

16 May 2014

There was no slowing down in the Contemporary art market as the latest sales in New York posted a record for any auction series.

China and private sales dominate Sotheby’s strategy

21 May 2012

Sotheby’s auction and related revenues were down 12% at $105m year on year for the first quarter of 2012.


Downturn fails to dent regional saleroom totals

06 January 2012

Confirming the time-honoured ability of auctioneers to attract vendors in a recession, the UK’s top tier of regional salerooms enjoyed a largely positive 2011.

Sotheby’s results show more recovery

15 November 2010

INCREASING revenues at Sotheby’s have given a further indication of the recovering art market. The company’s latest set of results shows a major turnaround for the first nine months of 2010, going from a loss of around $80m for the equivalent period in 2009 to a profit of $64.7m.

Auction totals rally in first half of 2010

16 August 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced worldwide sales of £1.7bn ($2.57m) for the first half of 2010 – 46 per cent up on the same period for 2009.

Sotheby’s first quarter results show turnover up by 87%

10 May 2010

SOTHEBY’S first quarter results have been boosted by February’s healthy Contemporary and Impressionist sales in London, showing the company on a decisive upward curve after last year’s slump in revenues.

Sotheby’s results paint healthier picture as James Murdoch lines up to join the board

08 March 2010

RUNNING a tighter ship and targeting commissions to bring a better yield have helped Sotheby’s achieve the second biggest quarterly profits in the company’s history.

China Guardian release record results

22 February 2010

BEIJING-based auction house China Guardian has published record sales results for 2009.

Christie’s upbeat despite overall fall in 2009 sales

01 February 2010

CHRISTIE’S have announced a 24 per cent year-on-year fall in sales for 2009 to £2.1bn.


New York sales down by half as confidence leaves the contemporary market

17 November 2008

THE latest series of contemporary art auctions in New York showed how much the market has fallen since its peak. With sale totals down well over 50 per cent from last year’s autumn series held at the height of the boom, the extent of the damage caused by the current economic distress and diminished confidence amongst buyers was manifest. The question now is will prices stabilise or fall further?

Sotheby’s batten down hatches after third-quarter losses

10 November 2008

GUARANTEES slashed, costs to follow. That’s the message from Sotheby’s as they announce third quarter losses of $46.2m. And consignors will have to be more realistic about the deals they can secure and their expectations at auction in future.


Sotheby’s figures show reliance on contemporary art

11 August 2008

SOTHEBY’S dependence on the contemporary art market could hardly be clearer than in their latest set of figures.

Christie’s first half sales at £1.8bn

21 July 2008

CHRISTIE’S have announced sales of £1.8bn ($3.5bn) for the first half of 2008, a ten per cent increase on the same period last year.

Sotheby’s make gains but decide to up their premium

19 May 2008

CONTEMPORARY art may still be heading skywards, but the imminent buyer’s premium rate increases – and Sotheby’s latest set of results – show that pressure at the margins is as intense as ever.

Sotheby’s set $6.2bn sales total

03 March 2008

SOTHEBY’S have closed the gap between themselves and Christie’s on worldwide sales in 2007, announcing a record $6.2bn of consoldiated sales to Christie’s $6.3bn.

Stamps boost Spink’s status

18 February 2008

Spink, the specialist London coin and stamp auctioneers, have announced auction revenues of £23.8m including premium for 2007.

Phillips de Pury double turnover in 2007

05 February 2008

PHILLIPS de Pury more than doubled their auction sales total thanks to the booming market for contemporary art and their increasing presence in London.

Bloomsbury report £20.4m total for 2007

05 February 2008

THE effect of their new salerooms in Rome and New York saw London book specialists Bloomsbury Auctions post a hammer total of £20.4m for 2007.