Auction Analysis: London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sales – June 2018
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The June Impressionist & Modern sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London totalled £185,110,000 across the two evening sales, representing an decrease in the hammer total of 27% from June 2017. The combined sales total ended up slightly below the pre-sale estimate of £196,100,000 – £257,200,000.
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 2018.
What is new in this report?
Based on feedback from our readers we have added a new section, which provides a detailed list of all the lots in the auction with its sales (hammer) prices. The list also includes list of guaranteed lots and the number of the winning paddle. We have also expanded the breakdown of the auction sale by gender, artist nationality, medium and price segment.
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 in the first part of 2018.
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sales down 27% from last year: At £185.1 million, London’s June Impressionist & Modern evening sales were down 27% from 2017, but still higher than 2016
Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale was down 39.6% from June last year. Sotheby’s total market share came in at 40.5% (down from 48.9% in June 2017, and 80.6% in June 2016).
Sotheby’s adds more guarantees: Sotheby’s gave guarantees for 15 lots in total (41.7% of the total sale value based on the low estimate of these lots). This represents a increase from last year, where 7 lots were guaranteed.