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Auction Analysis: New York Post-War & Contemporary Evening Auctions – May 2017

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NEW YORK POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY AUCTIONS – MAY 2017

The post-war and contemporary art evening sales in New York this week raised a total of $757,480,000* (excluding buyer’s premium), against a total pre-sale estimate of $636,390,000 to $846,890,000. The sales total between Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips was up 27.9% from May 2016, and 32% above the November results last year. This result reinforces the market recovery that started during London auctions in March this year.

Christie’s kicked off the post-war and contemporary evening sales in New York with a 69 lot strong Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction* on the 17th of May, which achieved $388.6 million. This was comfortably within the pre-sale estimate range of $337.7 million to $468.8 million and 12.9% above their sales total in May 2016.

On the following evening (18th of May) Phillips had their evening sale*, which achieved a total of $92 million. The sale ended up towards the lower end of the pre-sale estimate range of $87.7 million to $111 million and was up 138.9% from their May sale in 2016. Sotheby’s followed later the same evening with their Contemporary Art Evening Sale. The auction achieved a hammer total of $276.9 million, putting it above the pre-sale estimate range of $211 million to $267.1 million. Sotheby’s result was up 32.1% from May 2016.


REPORT CONTENT:
COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE (CHRISTIE’S, SOTHEBY’S AND PHILLIPS).
TOTAL SALES VS ESTIMATE (2007 – 2017).
AVERAGE PRICES 2007 – 2017.
HAMMER VS ESTIMATE RATIOS 2007 – 2017.
AUCTION GUARANTEE ANALYSIS.
AUCTION FLOW ANALYSIS (VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE AUCTION RHYTHM)
TOP AUCTION PRICES.

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Post-War and Contemporary Evening sales in New York up 28% from 12 months ago.