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Latin American Auction Market: 2016-2019

No. Pages42
ResearchersLindsay Dewar
Report TypeMarket Report
MembershipAnalyst Pro

This our first in-depth report on the Latin American Modern and Contemporary Art Auction market since 2017. This new report looks at this market in great details over the last 4 years, based on artworks sold at auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips in London and New York. Over 3,800 lots and around 600 artists were analysed, across dedicated Latin American sales, Impressisonist and Modern evening sales and Post-War and Contemporary evening and day sales.

Latin American auction market on diverging paths

Last year, overall auction sales of Latin American modern and contemporary art fell 15.5%, however, the underlying picture is more complex.

Whilst Sotheby’s and Phillips saw a combined fall in sales of 22% last year, Christie’s increased their dedicated LatAm sales by 14.5%, from $30.9 million to $35.5 million. Latin America art sold through its other sales channels fell from $9.8 million in 2018 to $1.2 million in 2019.

Sotheby’s and Phillips decision to discontinue their dedicated twice-a-year Latin American sales in 2018, and instead include LatAm lots in Post-war & Contemporary Art (PWC)  and Impressionist & Modern Art (IMPMOD) auctions – has left Christie’s as the only house with a true Latin American focus. The strategy has so far paid off and Christie’s took a 55% market share in the Latin American auction market last year.

With the Covid-19 crisis disrupting the global art market, 2020 will be a major test for the resilience of many regional markets. It is still to be seen what Christie’s is going to do with their May sale. It could go online or maybe Christie’s decide to follow the path of the other houses  and include LatAm lots in other sales. Whatever the choice, it could be decisive for the short-to- medium term of this market.

ArtTactic also offers bespoke reports on all Latin American auction markets. For further information please contact us on info@arttactic.com.


Analytical tools:
Comparable Performance: Latin American artists sales performance comparison between Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips including: Total sales, Lots sold, Average Prices and Auction Indicators.
Top Artists Analysis: Section looking at the top 30 artists sold across all three auction houses.
Top Prices: Ranking by the highest prices achieved and by top price-to-estimate performance.
Sales Channel Analysis: Latin American art sold at auction across all three houses at dedicated Latin American sales, Impressionist and Modern Evening sales and Post-War and Contemporary evening and day sales, with breakdown, analysis and top prices.
Country Sector Analysis: Breakdown of auction sales by artists’ country of origin for Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips sales.

The first edition of this new ArtTactic report provides a unique insight into Latin American Modern and Contemporary artworks sold at auctions at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips from 2016 to 2019, in London and New York. Over 3,800 lots and around 600 artists were analysed, across dedicated Latin American sales, Impresisonist and Modern evening sales and Post-War and Contemporary evening and day sales.