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.

Sotheby’s report $6.2bn in sales

28 January 2008

SOTHEBY’S have released interim headline sales figures for 2007, which show worldwide auction totals up 44 per cent on 2006 at $5.4bn.

Wine sales enjoy a vintage year at last

28 January 2008

CHRISTIE’S have maintained their lead over their rivals in wine sales thanks mainly to strong totals posted in Europe.

LAPADA poll shows that business is steady

28 January 2008

The results of the 2007 LAPADA membership survey broadly suggest a steady market throughout the previous year. Forty per cent of respondents reported a similar turnover to 2006 and 48 per cent expected it to be about the same in 2008.

Prices level out in 2007 ACC Index

21 January 2008

Inertia characterised the Antiques Collectors’ Club’s annual Antique Furniture Index in 2007, giving weight to the impression that antique furniture prices have now bottomed out.

Christie’s 2007 sales exceed £3 billion

21 January 2008

Christie’s have confirmed their position as the art market’s biggest business, announcing 2007 premium inclusive sales of £3.1bn ($6.3bn).

Bonhams post £27.9m regional sales in 2007

21 January 2008

‘Best ever’ year with $600m global sales

New TEFAF study highlights Chinese phenomenon and threat to European market

14 January 2008

THE size of the world art market all but doubled between 2002 and 2006, according to the latest survey commissioned by The European Fine Art Federation.

Adams top the Dublin totals

14 January 2008

Adams of Dublin were once again top of the Irish rooms posting a €19.4m (£14.6m) hammer turnover for 2007.

Top provincial rooms build average lot values in 2007

14 January 2008

Prize lots boost smaller salerooms

Gold price hits 28-year high

09 January 2008

THE price of gold hit a 28-year high last week as rises in the oil price and inflation fears drove the gold fix to over $850.

Sotheby’s double Paris sales total

09 January 2008

For the first time, a trio of auction firms pulled clear of the field in Paris in 2007.

Fine art on the move from the US to the UK: exports down nearly 20%, imports up nearly 15%

05 March 2007

THE value of art and antiques imported to the UK from outside the European Union soared by nearly a half in 2006.

ACC Index shows prices stabilising

15 January 2007

After four consecutive years of falls, the Antiques Collectors’ Club’s annual Antique Furniture Index stabilised in 2006, suggesting a bottoming out of antique furniture prices.

TEFAF report reveals the economic phenomenon of the Maastricht effect

18 December 2006

HOTELS, restaurants, insurance, security, shippers and packers, design and print, marketing and promotion. These are just some of the ancillary industries that benefit when the show comes to town.

Sotheby’s tighten grip on key staff

20 November 2006

Sotheby’s have revised employee incentive packages in a move that should help stabilise costs and prevent key staff from being poached by rivals.

Call for action as museums say collecting is no longer a top priority

06 November 2006

MUSEUMS are so strapped for cash when it comes to buying works of art that only one in 50 says adding to their collections is now a top priority.

Contemporary art boosts Fine Art Society results

23 October 2006

CONTEMPORARY art has helped the Fine Art Society triple its turnover in the past four years, according to results just released.

Late summer auctions boost eBay results

23 October 2006

eBay have posted a 31 per cent year on year increase in turnover of $1.449bn for the third quarter of 2006.

Lyon and Turnbull post record sales of £8.8m

04 September 2006

Lyon and Turnbull have announced a record turnover of almost £9m for their latest year of trading.

Sotheby’s announce record profits as Christie’s top $2bn in sales for 2006 so far

07 August 2006

Higher charges and a more sophisticated system of auction guarantees have helped Sotheby’s reap record profits for the second quarter of 2006, doubling profits for the first half of the year compared to 2005.