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.


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Ditch the FTSE for first editions: financial comparison site finds prize-winning books are better investments than tech companies

30 September 2016

A new study suggests that buying a first edition book, such as Hilary Matel’s Wolf Hall, is a better investment than buying stocks in tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and eBay.

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Sotheby’s make higher profits despite drop in auction market

08 August 2016

Sotheby’s latest results showed the firm has increased profits despite a significant fall in auction sales. Their share price jumped by over 15% after the figures were released earlier today.

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Christie’s sales down 27% – is this an art market slump?

20 July 2016

Christie’s has experienced a sharp fall in overall sales. In figures released earlier today the company reported sales of £2.1bn for the first half of 2016, which compared to £2.9bn for the same period in 2015.

Dr Clare McAndrew

TEFAF to maintain annual art market report as Clare McAndrew joins Contemporary fair

21 June 2016

TEFAF have said they still will maintain an annual art market report despite losing the services of Dr Clare McAndrew who is joining up with Art Basel.

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New survey shows antiques steep for young buyers but always in style

20 June 2016

A new survey shows that 25 to 34-year-olds form the group most likely in the UK to go to fairs or auctions – but the least likely to invest in antique furniture.

Clare McAndrew leaves TEFAF to sign with Art Basel

14 June 2016

Economist and author of the annual TEFAF Art Market Report Clare McAndrew has left TEFAF to join with Art Basel, it has been announced.

New interest in Sotheby’s despite first quarter loss

18 May 2016

Following the release of Sotheby’s disappointing 2016 first-quarter earnings, the financial press was awash with speculation of a new investor.

Dr Clare McAndrew TEFAF Report

TEFAF 2016: “The bubble has not burst in art market values,” delegates told

11 March 2016

The global market for art and antiques may have dropped by seven per cent in sales by value last year, but this is “not a signal that the bubble has burst”, the art market’s leading economist told TEFAF 2016 delegates this morning.

TEFAF Report shows 7% fall in global art sales as Chinese market takes hit

09 March 2016

Global art sales fell during 2015 with the most significant a decline coming in the Chinese market.

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Wyndham to leave as more staff exit Sotheby’s

07 March 2016

The shake-up at Sotheby’s continued last week as more key senior employees – including Henry Wyndham – depart the company.

Annual Furniture Index Prices

Function and fashion mean few positives for furniture index

11 February 2016

Prices for standard English antique furniture fell for the eighth successive year, according to latest figures from the Antique Collectors’ Club’s (ACC) Annual Furniture Index (AFI).

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Sales fall at big two as market shapes to cool

02 February 2016

Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s saw sales fall in 2015, a sign that the art market may be slowing.

Solid annual results for Celtic auctioneers

18 January 2016

Leading auctioneers in Ireland and Scotland enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, year of sales in 2015.

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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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University project launches with map of 2100 dealers

16 June 2015

Leeds University launch two resources for research and study into the British art and antiques market this week.

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£1.56m purchase saves the Minton archive for Stoke

15 April 2015

After lengthy and complex negotiations, the paper archive of the Staffordshire pottery firm of Minton’s has been saved for the nation.

What the TEFAF Art Market 2015 Report tells us

11 March 2015

COMMENT: The TEFAF Report shows that the art market has fully recovered since the 2008 financial crash, but still faces a number of challenges, such as late or non-payment.

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TEFAF Report 2015: Global art market grows 7% in 2014

11 March 2015

Post-War and Contemporary art accounts for almost half of total spend at auction

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Mahogany holds steady as oak declines

04 February 2015

The Antique Collectors’ Club’s Annual Furniture Index (AFI) registered its seventh successive fall in 2014. However, only two categories depreciated substantially.

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