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Results and statistics indicating the performance of UK and international auction houses.


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Top end auction sales slow in first half of 2019

31 July 2019

Auction sales at the top of the sector have slowed in the first half of this year.

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Artcurial and Sotheby’s lead half-year French auction house totals

12 July 2019

Auction firms in France have been releasing their ‘Bilans’ or sales figures for the first half of 2019.

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Auction house Sotheby’s celebrates 275 years by ringing the New York Stock Exchange opening bell and launching London exhibition

11 March 2019

Sotheby’s held its very first auction on March 11, 1744, and today it is celebrating this 275-year milestone with the opening of an exhibition detailing its history in pictures.

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UK moves up to second place in global art market as China’s growth slows

08 March 2019

The UK’s art market reclaimed its second position in the global league table as China’s rapid growth slowed during 2018.

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Sotheby’s boosted by online and private sales

04 March 2019

Sotheby’s has reported a 16% jump in sales to $6.4bn (£4.8bn) for 2018 – a reward for its focus on growing online and private sales. Profit, or adjusted net income, improved by 5.9% to $128.9m.

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Private sales boost auction house Sotheby’s results as turnover jumps 16%

28 February 2019

Sotheby’s reported a 16% jump in sales last year to $6.4bn (£4.8bn).

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Modern and Impressionist art market surges as totals more than double in two years

25 February 2019

Growth in the Modern and Impressionist art market outpaced that of post-war and contemporary art in 2018, according to the latest global auction data from Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips.

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UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

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Christie’s calm on Brexit as UK chairman says "we will react when we have clarity"

11 February 2019

Christie’s says its London spring sales programme is the “strongest it has ever had” despite concerns of a no-deal Brexit.

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Rockefeller collection boosts auction house Christie’s 2018 sales to “record-breaking” £5.3bn

07 February 2019

Christie’s reported total sales for 2018 at £5.3bn, up 3% on the previous year – led by the Rockefeller collection which set a record for any private collection at auction.

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Totals remain steady in the UK regions – ATG's review of the auction market for 2018

21 January 2019

Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis regained top spot in the UK regional auction market for 2018, while the investment at Chiswick Auctions has begun to bear fruit. These were just two of the findings in ATG's annual review of the hammer totals and trends at some of the leading salerooms in the UK and Ireland.

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French auction houses toast solid annual sales results as Sotheby's tops the table

14 January 2019

Sotheby’s France was the top performer in the country last year, boosted by the sale of a Qianlong mark and period vase that became the most expensive lot sold in France in 2018.

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Sotheby’s “cautiously optimistic” about autumn auction season

01 November 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s reported its third-quarter results for the three months to September 30 revealing a net loss of $27.8m (£21.43bn) - down 19% on the $23.5m posted a year ago.

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Sotheby’s latest figures show sales up but profit margins lower than expected

06 August 2018

Sotheby’s made more sales but at lower margins in the first half of 2018 according to its latest financial results.

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Art takes on wine and wins as it is crowned top investment asset

21 June 2018

Consignors tempted back by salerooms to sell at auction in 2017 has helped put art top of the league of investment assets, according to the latest report.

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Sotheby’s reports 19% jump in turnover after private sales and Hong Kong auctions boost

04 May 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s has reported a 70% jump in private sales in the first three months of 2018 to $247m (£182m).

Sotheby’s hails ‘improving art market’ in latest results

05 March 2018

Private sales and Asian buyers helped Sotheby’s report a 12% jump in sales last year to $5.5bn (£4bn).

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Sotheby’s posts strong full year results as sales hit $5.5bn

01 March 2018

Sotheby’s reported a 12% jump in sales last year to $5.5bn (£4bn). The US-listed auction house said profit, or adjusted net income, improved by 22% from $99.6m to $121.7m in 2017, boosted by an increase in commission and fees.

UK regional salerooms take 26% of auction sales

26 February 2018

Regional auction houses accounted for over a quarter of the UK auction market in 2017.

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Latest figures reveal how salerooms outside the ‘big four’ are increasingly reaping middle-market rewards

26 February 2018

The contribution of Britain’s ‘regional’ salerooms – defined here as those outside the big London four of Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams and Phillips – is frequently overlooked when figures demonstrating the size of the UK auction market for art and antiques are created.