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.

Private sales lead the agenda once more at Sotheby’s

13 November 2012

Sotheby’s have seen a 50% increase of revenues generated from private treaty sales for the third quarter of 2012.


What’s happening with the auction house duopoly?

20 August 2012

Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ came to the block at just the right time for Sotheby’s when it set the record for anything ever sold at auction.

Survey shows BADA impact on world market

30 July 2012

Of all the statistics – and there are many – to emerge from the British Antique Dealers’ Association 2011 Survey, it is the £855m ($1.4bn) estimated turnover among members that stands out.

A fifth of our sales are now online, say LAPADA members

24 July 2012

Nearly one in five of all sales by LAPADA dealers are now online, according to the fine art and antique dealer association’s latest survey, covering 2011.

Private sales and the web remain Christie’s chief focus

23 July 2012

Christie’s first half results for 2012 show that the focus of competition at the top end of the international auction business remains the private sales market and online auctions.


US regional sales mirror UK booming example

30 May 2012

The auction business often runs counter-cyclical to wider economic fortunes, so it’s no great surprise that the strong results posted in 2011 by many of Britain’s regional auctioneers have been mirrored across the Atlantic.

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.

French auctions net €1.25bn for art and antiques in 2011

02 April 2012

TOTAL auction sales in France rose by 8.6 per cent in 2011 to €2.38bn. Art, antiques and other collectors' sales accounted for just over half that figure at €1.25bn, a record total that surpassed the boom years of 2006 and 2007, as well as 2009 when the Yves St Laurent sale at Christie's in Paris gave a huge boost in what was otherwise a lacklustre year.


London coins market grows by another 25%

31 March 2012

AFTER 2010 saw the London market grow by a third it would have been a bold commentator to predict a further substantial rise in 2011. Nonetheless, coins and medals auctions in the capital saw totals rise by almost a quarter on the previous year.

TEFAF report heralds dominance of China... but the caveats remain

26 March 2012

So what is the most important revelation in this year’s TEFAF report?

Sotheby’s results highlight competition over private sales

12 March 2012

SOTHEBY’S have released more details of their 2011 results, showing a 7% rise in revenue to $831.8m against global sales figures of $4.9bn. Profits were $171.4m.

Exports down 1%, imports up 42.6%

20 February 2012

THE balance of trade in the UK’s fine art and antiques industry swung heavily towards imports in 2011.


Cezanne sets all-time record

13 February 2012

REPORTS have emerged that the Qatari Royal family has paid a record amount for any work of art ever sold.

Private treaty sales and the Web take centre stage at Christie’s

06 February 2012

PRIVATE treaty sales remain at the heart of Christie’s growth strategy, as the company’s latest statement underlines.

London coin sales up by 50%

06 February 2012

FIGURES just released show substantial growth in London’s coins market for 2011.


Auctions benefit in both weak and strong economies for 2011

06 February 2012

Dublin fine art auctioneers James Adam believe uncertainty regarding the euro has helped rather than hindered the Irish art market.

Sotheby’s post strong annual sales results

30 January 2012

SOTHEBY’S have posted $4.9bn in worldwide sales for 2011, marginally up on 2010. The United States remains the company's primary market, accounting for just over $1.9bn of sales, with the UK second at $1.5bn. Continental Europe yielded $527m, while Asia - largely Hong Kong-based sales - totalled $959m.


Are furniture prices levelling out after years of decline?

23 January 2012

After massive falls in the previous two years, the Antique Collectors’ Club’s Annual Furniture Index (AFI) dropped by a modest two per cent in 2011.

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What the nation saved… and what it didn’t

16 January 2012

THE latest UK government report on the export of works of art revealed that a modest £3.7m worth of treasures were saved for the nation in 2011 after being blocked from leaving the country last year.