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Auction Analysis: London Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales – February 2020

  • Analyst: Lindsay Dewar
  • Pages: 20
  • Access: Analyst

London’s Evening Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art down 20.4% from February 2019, but perform well against pre-sale estimates. 

The Impressionist and Modern art evening sales in London this week raised a total of £133,070,000 (excluding buyer’s premium), falling in the middle of the total pre-sale estimate of £115,120,000 – 168,380,000. The sales total was 20.4% lower than February 2019, and represented a decrease of 33.5% from February 2018.

About this report:

This report presents an in-depth analysis of Impressionist & Modern art Evening sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in London, and provides a comparison of auction trends between the two auction houses. The analysis also provides analytical tools looking at annual trends between 2012 and 2020.

Who is it for?

This report is popular among dealers, auction houses and collectors, who want to get an in-depth understanding of the market trends in the Impressionist & Modern art auction market, and are looking for an analysis of the comparative performance between Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Key Findings:

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sales down 20.4% from last year: At £133.07 million, London’s June Impressionist & Modern evening sales were down 20.4% from February 2019.

Christie’s gains market share, accounting for 68.4% of the sales. The performance of Christie’s top lots helped to continue its upward market share trend.

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Analytical tools:
Comparable Performance: Impressionist & Modern art auction sales performance comparison between Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London including: Total sales vs Estimates and Average Prices
Auction Lot Details: Details on the full auction including:  hammer prices, guarantees, bought-in lots and winning paddle numbers.
Auction Overview: Top selling artist by value and numbers and a breakdown by type of Auction Bids.
Top 10 Prices: Ranking by the highest prices achieved and by top price-to-estimate performance.
Auction Guarantee Analysis: Auction guarantee breakdown and analysis for Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
Auction Forecast Analysis: Auction sale price forecast and consensus analysis for Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips.