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.


Survey reveals what drives employment trends in fine arts

21 October 2002

Versatility and a clear career path lead the way: The future of the art and antiques business is centred on small teams with an ability to perform a wide range of tasks beyond their own area of expertise.

Gold prices likely to remain stable

01 October 2002

THE continuing fall in equities and the threat of war in Iraq have supported the gold price, say precious metal dealers Michael Bloomstein of Brighton.

Plus ça change? Au contraire…

18 September 2002

PARIS: The knock-on effects of auction reform mean it’s all change for the new season: France’s traditional auction scene has undergone a major overhaul, with commissaires-priseurs retaining their monopoly for court-order sales only, and obliged to create new commercial entities if they wish to stage other auctions.

Art and antiques remain a first-class investment say Zurich

27 August 2002

FINANCIAL services giant Zurich have just published figures showing art and antiques to be one of the most lucrative investments against the backdrop of falling stock markets.

Sotheby’s get a better grip on costs but still face uncertainty

12 August 2002

SOTHEBY’S chief executive Bill Ruprecht is bullish about the company’s second quarter performance, reporting a 25 per cent increase in net income on the same period last year.

Gold proves more volatile

12 August 2002

THE price of gold has been extremely volatile, with a five per cent swing in only four days.

eBay record results for third quarter

30 July 2002

eBay have reported a record $266.3m turnover for the second quarter of the year ending June 30, a 47 per cent increase on the same period last year. Of this, $235.3m came from online transactions.

Drouot sees a first half decline of 15% in sales

24 July 2002

Sales by members of the Paris Compagnie des Commissaires-Priseurs (i.e. all Paris auctioneers bar Christie’s and Sotheby’s) fell 15 per cent in the first half of 2002 to €290m (£187m), as compared to the first six months of 2001.

Survey reveals hidden value of secondhand gems

23 July 2002

THE first industry-wide survey of the secondhand jewellery market puts the value of trade at several hundred million pounds a year.

Gold price has hit a steady low says dealer

23 July 2002

FOLLOWING a high of over £220 per troy ounce in mid-June, the market price has steadily declined to plateau at a nominal £202 per ounce, report Michael Bloomstein (Precious metals) of Brighton.

UK international art trade continues to grow in value

11 June 2002

THE value of the UK’s international trade in art and antiques rose for the fifth year running during 2001. Total exports were down by 4.75 per cent to £1884m, but this was more than matched by a 13.5 per cent rise in total imports which were valued at £1623m.

Gold price rise

05 June 2002

Tension in the East and distrust in the West have combined to force up gold prices.The steady increase in the value of gold over the past two weeks is due to “a combination of factors,” according to jeweller and precious metals dealer Michael Bloomstein.

...eBay’s selling rates and prices for collectables keep falling

27 May 2002

eBay sellers dealing in collectables are getting lower prices and having fewer successful auctions than a year ago, according to a study by AuctionBytes.com. The results were similar to those found in a separate analysis by TIAS.com.

20% first quarter drop for Sotheby’s

23 May 2002

SOTHEBY’S results for the first quarter of 2002 show a 20 per cent drop in revenues – no great surprise following September 11 and smaller London Impressionist and Contemporary sales.

Recording manias

17 April 2002

Miller’s Collectables Price Guide 2002/3, published by Miller’s. ISBN 1840005432 £17.99 hb

BADA survey shows dealer turnover up 7.5 per cent

15 April 2002

The British Antique Dealers’ Association’s annual survey of its 388 members shows that, despite economic jitters, their aggregate turnover rose from £727m in 2000 to an estimated £782m last year.

Christie’s ahead of Sotheby’s in 2001 global auction totals

21 March 2002

CHRISTIE’S led worldwide auction sales in 2001, with a total of £1.242bn compared to Sotheby’s £1.14bn for the same period.

TEFAF revive the fight over European art market taxes

11 March 2002

THE new survey of the European art market commissioned by The European Fine Art Federation makes for grim reading.

French auction turnover rises by 4.4pc for 2001

04 March 2002

FRANCE: Auction turnover in France, for sales by commissaires-priseurs, rose 4.4 per cent in 2001 to €1.9bn (£1.17bn). There were significant regional increases in Lyon & the South-East (up 14 per cent to £180m, with Lyon itself contributing over one-third of that figure) and Brittany-Anjou (up 17 per cent to £102m), whereas Normandy suffered a dip of 19 per cent with sales of £86m.

Antique Furniture Index shows seven per cent rise for 2001

12 February 2002

THE Antique Collectors’ Club have published the results of their Annual Furniture Index, which shows a seven per cent rise for 2001. The index now stands at 3575, its highest point ever, from a base of 100 in 1968.

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