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.

Paris salerooms annual results see the top three way ahead

16 January 2012

Late December is when the Paris rooms traditionally produce their ‘bilan’ or annual sales figures. For 2011, as in 2010, there remain three front runners who are way ahead of the others.


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.

Survey shows little prospect of a dining room revival

06 January 2012

Modern living is continuing its migration away from formal dining, according to a new survey of 2000 UK households.

Lowell Libson appointed to export review committee

06 June 2011

ED Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has appointed London art dealer Lowell Libson as a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.


Biggest ever annual fall in furniture

24 January 2011

THE parlous state of the English antique furniture market is confirmed this week with a sharp fall in the Antique Collectors' Club's Annual Furniture Index.

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.

RICS survey shows stronger mid-range sales

01 November 2010

THE latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) survey points to prices picking up slightly for mid-range goods at auction in the UK provinces.

Dumfries House contents deal revealed

20 September 2010

IT has been revealed that the sum paid for the contents of Dumfries House in Ayrshire was £30m. The contents were acquired for the nation with the help of a loan from the Prince of Wales shortly before they were due to be sold at auction in 2007.

ATG readers spend £1.1bn on art and antiques a year

31 August 2010

ATG readers spend £1.1bn a year on art and antiques, £800m of it at auction.

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.

Take part in CINOA study on dealing and collecting

21 June 2010

CINOA, the international confederation of art dealers, are appealing for ATG readers' help in their latest study, entitled The Changing Role of the Art Dealer: Historical and Future Perspectives.

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.

Trade holding steady says BADA

04 May 2010

BUSINESS is holding up well for members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association despite the recession. With a projected combined turnover of about £752m, the impact of the downturn has not been as heavy as feared.

UK art trade with overseas countries shrinks by a quarter

08 March 2010

IMPORTS and exports of art and antiques for the UK shrank by around a quarter in 2009. In what proved to be one of the most difficult trading years since the early 1990s, exports across the globe fell by 24.3% to just over £2bn, while imports dropped by 26.2% to £1.86bn.

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.

UK draws close to US as world’s premier art market

01 March 2010

THE UK has almost drawn level with the United States as the world’s premier art market by value, according to the latest report commissioned by The European Fine Art Foundation.

China Guardian release record results

22 February 2010

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

Brighter outlook expected for 2010 say LAPADA

15 February 2010

IT should be a brighter year ahead for trade according to the 2009 LAPADA Membership Survey.

Slow-paying clients create cash-flow problems in downturn

11 February 2010

A SURVEY of members by the British Antique Dealers Association has found that late payments as a result of the recession are causing a significant number of them cash-flow problems.

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.