Art market reports

Has the art market recovered? A deep dive into the Art Basel/UBS report

Plus, an exhibition about wartime hideouts in Poland and Ukraine, and Mondrian’s final work Victory Boogie Woogie

Hosted by Ben Luke. with guest speaker Melanie Gerlis. Produced by Julia Michalska, David. Clack, Aimee Dawson and Henrietta Bentall
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Phillips donates £5.8m, the auction house's share from its evening sale of 20th-century and contemporary art, to Ukrainian Red Cross

The sale felt fresh, with 83% of works making their auction debut and in-demand young artists again taking centre stage, with a new record for Issy Wood

‘The pandemic isn’t going anywhere, but the world keeps spinning’: galleries make hay while they can at Art Basel in Miami Beach

Timed entry meant a slower start but there is still an appetite for buying, despite the Omicron variant, at America's glitziest art fair

New French art market report finds auction sales dropped 19.5% to $25.5bn in 2020

The Conseil des Ventes Volontaires concludes that China dominates global auctions, accounting for $8.6bn of sales and 35% of the worldwide market

Social media replaces fairs as the third most successful sales channel for galleries in 2020, study reveals

Websites have replaced walk-ins as the second best way to sell art, but staying in top position is outreach to existing clients, according to Artsy Gallery Insights 2021 Report

Instagram rules but don't expect loyalty: new report analyses our online art buying behaviour

The latest Hiscox Online Art Trade Report found that online only art sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips more than tripled at $597m

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 men lagged at 8%

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

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 authentication is not an exact science

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

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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?

Phillips and Bonhams see strong sales on smaller lots

The auction houses' bottom lines suffered from unsold lots, 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

Broadening the sales strategy for Latin American art has been a positive move for some artists' markets

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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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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

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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Paris versus Shanghai: photo fairs old and new compared

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

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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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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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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Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

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

Anna Brady. , with additional reporting by Anny Shaw, Margaret Carrigan and Lisa Movius

Red tape is stifling German auctions

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

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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

Georgina Adam. , with additional research by Alec Evans
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Rolling with the punches: how the art market bounced back

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

Art dealers slam proposed European Union licence regulations

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

Martin Bailey. , with additional reporting by Anna Brady

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

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