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Auction Analysis: Cross-Collecting – Summer Auctions 2020

  • Analyst: Lindsay Dewar
  • Pages: 22
  • Access: Analyst

Top auction houses generate £145.5 million from cross-collecting sales.

Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s ended their summer seasons with two Cross-Collecting sales, generating a total of £145.5 million against the pre-sale estimates of £122.1 million to £176.2 million. The two auction houses took a different approach both in terms of execution and content. Whilst Sotheby’s continues to build on its successful global hybrid auction format from June, Christie’s returned to a more traditional offline auction format for this sale.

About this report:

This report presents an in-depth comparative analysis of the Cross-Collecting evening sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in Summer 2020. The analysis also provides analytical tools looking at trends within differing generations of artists represented at the sales – Old Master, Modern, Modern British, and Post-War & Contemporary.

Who is it for?

This report is popular among dealers, auction houses and collectors, who want to get an in-depth understanding of auction trends in cross-collecting and follow the performance of the top auction houses this season.


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Analytical tools:
Comparable Performance: Cross-Collecting Evening sales performance comparison between Sotheby’s and Christie’s including: Total Sales vs Estimates, Average Prices and Level of Guarantees.
Auction Overview: Top selling artist by value and numbers and a breakdown by type of Auction Bids.
Top Prices: Ranking by the highest prices achieved and by top price-to-estimate performance.