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


Top provincial rooms build average lot values in 2007

14 January 2008

Prize lots boost smaller salerooms

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.

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.

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.

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.

That’ll be the Dray – Paris boost for Christie’s

25 July 2006

The power of one major collection to transform an auction company’s figures was dramatically shown this month when Christie’s France announced sales figures of €122.8m (including premiums) for the first half of 2006.

Higher commissions help Sotheby’s to 30% revenue rise in first quarter of 2006

15 May 2006

SOTHEBY’S have recorded a 30 per cent rise in first quarter revenues from 2005, with the 2006 total coming in at $96m.

Solid Sotheby's results point to healthy market

13 March 2006

London: droit de suite holds no fears

Christie’s enjoy 30% sales boost in best year ever

16 January 2006

Christie’s have announced £1.8bn ($3.2bn) in global sales for 2005, the highest total in the firm’s history and more than 30 per cent up on 2004.

Drouot sales up 16%, Christie’s extend lead

16 January 2006

Sales at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris rose 16 per cent in 2005 to €414m (£280m), but firms based elsewhere in the city also continued to increase their market share.

Salisbury are number one in tough climate

11 January 2006

Helped by a £2.6m windfall, Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis emerged from 2005 as the largest-grossing UK provincial saleroom.

Sotheby’s enjoy profits at last but look ahead with caution

19 November 2004

AUCTION revenues have leapt by nearly a half, year on year, for the third quarter of 2004 at Sotheby’s. But increased costs have meant that they have also registered a slightly bigger loss.

Jacques Tajan to quit as new owners make their mark

24 August 2004

JACQUES Tajan is set to quit Tajan S.A., the firm he founded in 1994, over disagreements with the firm’s new owner Rodica Seward.

Sotheby’s paint a healthier picture for first half of 2004

18 August 2004

PABLO Picasso’s Garçon à la pipe boosted Sotheby’s second quarter sales considerably, alone accounting for about 9.5 per cent of the total.

Real estate and Fabergé put Sotheby’s on track

19 May 2004

THE first quarter of 2004 was good news for Sotheby’s, with several major stepping stones to putting their bottom line back on the straight and narrow.

eBay set yet another record for profits

05 May 2004

ONLINE auction giant eBay have announced a record 59 per cent increase in turnover for the first quarter of 2004.

Christie’s post world sales of £1.2bn for 2003

31 March 2004

CHRISTIE'S have announced worldwide sales totalling £1.2bn ($2bn) for 2003. This includes auction sales of £1.1bn ($1.8bn) and private sales of £90m ($150m).

Sotheby’s bounce back as anti-trust shadow fades

16 March 2004

SOTHEBY’S have just published their fourth quarter and year-end results for 2003, showing the company to be in a much better financial state than at the end of 2002.

Tremmel boost

09 March 2004

MUNICH-based auctioneers Ketterer Kunst reported “steady growth” in 2003 to post an auction turnover of €15.5m (£10.7m), boosted by the €5.7m Tremmel Collection in May.