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Female artists outperform men when their work returns to auction, report finds

A data study by Sotheby's Mei Moses reveals a 73% increase for work by women in repeat sales, while male artists lagged at 8%

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Art market

Powerful collectors open up in Tefaf Maastricht's Chinese art market report

New study, released today, covers 40-year history of the country's market and reveals many private art museums run at a loss

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Art market

Smaller galleries rely on just one artist for almost half their income, Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report finds

Gender parity and behaviour of high net worth collectors are focuses of the study, which calculates market grew to $67.4bn in 2018

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Art market

Art authentication is not an exact science

The process of art attribution has come under attack, with forgery scandals rampant

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Art market

Why the Christie's and Sotheby's duopoly is impregnable

The auction houses sell more than 80% of works priced over $1m at auction—can an underdog ever wrestle market share away from them?

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Auctions

Phillips and Bonhams see strong sales on smaller lots

The auction houses' bottom lines suffered from unsold lots in their contemporary sales, continuing a trend of top-lot discernment during New York’s fall sales

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Latin American art gets a boost on the auction block

Including the region’s art in broader sales has been a positive move for some artists' sales

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Art market

How high will Hockney go and can his soaring market last?

A double pool portrait, estimated at $80m and offered at Christie’s with no reserve, could set a record for the most expensive work by a living artist

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Art market

Will the UK be able to take part in antiquities busts after Brexit?

Nineteen of the accused in Operation Demetra face trial in December, while the alleged UK mastermind awaits extradition

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Art market

Top lots go unsold at New York's Impressionist and Modern sales, proving a discerning but 'not doomsday' market

Monet carries Christie's evening sale while a Magritte shines at Sotheby's, marking an auction record for the Surrealist painter

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Art market

Shanghai’s two rapidly expanding fairs—Art021 and West Bund Art and Design—are attracting dealers despite China's slowing economy

Galleries are also seemingly undeterred by tussles between Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping

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Art market

Paris versus Shanghai: photo fairs old and new compared

Despite censorship, China’s appetite for photography is growing but Paris Photo remains pre-eminent

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Art market

Tefaf New York Fall proves a ‘chocolate box’ of a fair, though sales lack Maastricht’s urgency

Key Old Master European works were quick to sell while US-based dealers offer a more 'local flavour'

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Art market

Could sales slow at Artbo as political conservatism deepens in Colombia?

The divisive election of conservative president Iván Duque in August and resulting political tension may stymie sales at Bogotá's Artbo

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Art market

Will the market for AI art take off?

With no auction precedent and little primary market data, Christie's sale of a work made by an algorithm tests demand

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Art market

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency

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Art market

Red tape is stifling German auctions

Stringent cultural heritage laws and bureaucracy are making consignments much harder to find

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Art market

Blockchain: Hot stuff or hot air?

The technology offers the promise of a world in which a work of art’s provenance is held on a single database—if it lives up to the hype

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Art market

Rolling with the punches: how the art market bounced back

In 2008, Damien Hirst sold £111m of art as Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a financial crisis. A decade on, what has changed?

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Art market

Art dealers slam proposed European Union licence regulations

Revising import controls on cultural goods could impact negatively on trade, dealer organisations say

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Art Basel 2018

Could fairs publish sale prices? Don’t hold your breath

“For all the supposed desire for transparency, no one will make the first move”

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Art market

Online art market could stagnate unless transparency is improved, study finds

Annual Hiscox report estimates online market rose 12% to $4.22bn in 2017, but growth is slowing as platforms struggle to build trust and loyalty

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Art Basel Art Market Report

Top flight dealers reap rewards of a growing global art market, Art Basel report says

But the number of galleries opening over the past ten years has plummeted 87%

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Big data meets Old Masters at Tefaf Maastricht

As artificial intelligence becomes more common, the market is embracing tools that might help to bring digital natives into the Golden Age

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Art market reports

Records tumble for post-war Italian artists

The colour white proves particularly popular as Sotheby’s expert heralds “a new dawn for Italian art”

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Art Basel

Standards are upheld at Art Basel 2014 with consistent sales throughout

Dealers seem to have come to terms with the pressures of showing at such a prestigious fair, and prepared well ahead of time

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Poly Auction Beijing

Poly Culture moves to reassure shareholders

Auction house addresses concerns over non-payment, forgeries and army links

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Art Basel

Art Basel, the final stop that brings art fair marathon to a close

The fair is one of the final Modern and contemporary events this summer

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Art Basel

Dealers spark intrigue at Art Basel 2013 as 20th century masterpieces jostle alongside the contemporary

Art Basel '13 fair report

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Art Basel

Dealers' efforts pay off at Art Basel 2012 as buyers seem unruffled by economic troubles

Art Basel '12 fair report

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Art Basel

Dealers rewarded for advance preparation at this year's Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach '12 fair report

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Art Basel

Dealers have nothing to fear as crisis fails to impede sales at Art Basel 2011

The most expensive pieces may have been slow to sell, but otherwise it was as if the downturn never happened

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Art Basel

Collectors reveal appetite for the challenging rather than the expensive: Art Basel 2011

Art Basel '11 fair report

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Art market

Chinese auction data lacks credibility

Leading British university research questions saleroom reporting

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami shows evidence of maturing as lower price points make for a more liberal approach from collectors

Art Basel Miami Beach '10 fair report

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Art market

Key lots: Contemporary and post-war

Sarah Morris, Mark Bradford, and Andy Warhol are this season's London highlights

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Art market

Post-war and contemporary auction report: cautious but confident

Some good prices were made, but top quality works were relatively thin on the ground

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Art Basel

Art Basel 2010 sees raised confidence and strong sales, but less impulsivity from buyers

Art Basel '10 fair report

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Design Miami

Dealers put safety first: Design Miami Basel 2010

There were still surprises in store

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Art Basel

Collectors at Art Basel vie for works by established artists

Art Basel '10 fair report

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Record-breaking Giacometti at Sotheby's evidence of extravagant spending to match soaring prices

'10 auction report observes revived market in London

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Art Basel

Confidence creeps back for collectors after reluctance of previous year: Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

A new layout might have left collectors feeling bemused but, in the mid-range at least, they were prepared to buy

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Art fairs

Dealers breathe easier as profits from Basel remain consistent

Buyers eschew risk-taking to pursue the commercial, while Design Miami/Basel benefits from a new location

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Art Basel

Art Basel 2009 dispels credit crunch blues with unprecedented surge in buying

No return to the boom, but is the worst really over so soon?

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Basel

Cool start for Bâlelatina, Basel’s “Hot Art” fair

The satellite fair nevertheless found its feet with its specialist area, Latin Art

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach '07: Promising sales on Day 1 a reflection of firm market

Concerns about the impact of the tumultuous economy seem unwarranted as buyers crowd Basel

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Design Miami

New Korean buyers responsible for most ostentatious purchases at Design Miami/Basel 2007

As the market becomes more international, Jean Prouvé and the Danish school enjoy a resurgence

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Art Basel/Miami Beach 2006 sees the breakdown of the binary between functional and ornamental

There has has been talk of an unusually high proportion of sales, particularly of design pieces

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Art Basel

Art Basel 2006 was the best yet, but clients found inflated prices a concern

Art Basel '06 fair report

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Art Basel

Trend for newest art possible takes hold as dealers benefit from coordination with Biennale: Art Basel 2005

Art Basel '05 fair report

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Art market

Droit de suite is pushing art sales away from Europe

New report concludes that the levy mainly benefits artists’ estates

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Art Basel

Art Basel yields inconsistent profits for dealers as the cult of the new proves more potent than ever

Art Basel '04 fair report

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach reinforces its position in the hierarchy with steady flow of sales after an unpromising start

Art Basel Miami Beach '04 fair report

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Art market

The world auction market for fine art has contracted sharply from August 2002 to July 2003, according to statistics just published in Britain and France

Volume and values are down, as are the number of lots valued at £1 million+ being sold

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Art market

New price guide charts the rises...and falls of artists at auction, we give you the best bits

Which artist went up 699% in five years?

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Art market

The status of British neo-romantic artist Keith Vaughan is rising, and so are the prices of his art

Prices are rising for the Modern British neo-romantic

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Art market

Eyestorm, the internet print publishing company, is financially thriving

Launched at the height of the internet boom in 1999, it has to date received $24 million of capital funding

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Art market

The Art Newspaper has selected ten pieces which have appeared on the art market over the past 10 years in this sales report

The supply of great art is slowing, but wonderful things still appear on the market

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Fakes & copies

Fakes of archaic Chinese jades are flooding the market

A dealer sounds the alarm

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Art market

The mass gallery exodus from SoHo continues despite rumblings of a recession

Chelsea becomes the new home of many even as it becomes ever more expensive

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Art market

Winning and losing categories in the art market over the last 15 years

Which trends have gone up and which have gone down

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The UK art market: A £2.2 billion industry

Report from the British Art Market Federation shows the UK art market employs 50,000 people