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Auction Analysis: New York Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sales – November 2019

  • Analyst: Lindsay Dewar
  • Pages: 18
  • Access: Analyst

New York’s Evening Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art meet expectations despite 33% decrease in sales total compared to November 2018. 

The Impressionist and Modern art evening sales in New York this week raised a total of $341,240,000 (excluding buyer’s premium), falling comfortably within the total pre-sale estimate of $315,850,000  $456,650,000. The sales total was 33.2% lower than November 2018, and also represented a decrease of 47.4% from November 2017.

About this report:

This report presents an in-depth analysis of Impressionist & Modern art Evening sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York, 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 2019.

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 2019.

Key Findings:

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sales down 33.2% from last year: At £341.24 million, New York’s November Impressionist & Modern evening sales were down 33% from November 2018.

Lots priced between $2 million and $5 million drive total sales forward by both value and volume: The overall strength in sales was largely caused by demand for mid-range lots (price bracket of $2 to $5 million) at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

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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.

London’s Evening Sales of Impressionist and Modern Art down 37.7% from June 2018