All posts tagged Fall 2010

The Fall Season Forecast: Bifurcation Will Continue and Category Shifts May Persist In analyzing the spring season across all sectors and geographies, a number of themes become apparent—bifurcation, globalization and risk. The first broad appearance of market fragmentation occurred during the May 2010 evening auctions in New York; more specifically, this is evident when comparing […]

I have reached a point in time where I need to take some money out of my art collection. Am I better off selling or borrowing?   The answer to this question depends on the individual’s circumstances. Artvest Partners reviews the client’s liquidity profile and interest rate bracket for art borrowing, as well as current […]

Years ago, the major auction houses decided they would no longer report hammer prices alone but rather report hammer + premium as the official sale total. This practice has led to distortions in understanding market performance. For example, if a work had a pre-sale estimate of US$ 3,000,000 to US$ 5,000,000 and the hammer price […]

In these times of uncertain financial markets, the surprising record auction prices recently established in New York (US$ 106.5 million Picasso painting), London (US$ 104.3 million Giacometti sculpture) and Paris (US$ 52.6 million Modigliani sculpture) appear in some cases to be as much driven by investment as by connoisseurship. Seeing a trend toward tangible assets […]

American Art Pre-1950 Bidding was sparse in Sotheby’s and Christie’s May auctions of American Art. Hammer prices fell below low estimates and the combined results for both houses show unsold lots by volume and value at 39.5% and 34.1% respectively. In addition to those lots that did not sell, an additional 19.2% sold below their […]

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