market forces

Market Forces

Is another bubble about to burst in the fine art market?

In 2000 we noted that single-owner collections sent prices spiralling upwards which was good news for the salerooms, but disastrous for museums with dwindling budgets

June 1998archive

Are auction houses creating a bigger market for all or squeezing out the competition?

In 1998 we reflected on Sotheby's and Christie's recent move to sell cutting edge contemporary art as being a watershed moment

March 1991archive

A guide to bad times: why the market downturn is good news for true collectors

We observed that while the market was feeling fragile during the 1991 slump, fortunes have a way of turning around