Old Master Review 2016-2021 (Cover – Framed)

Old Master Paintings Auction Market – 2021 In Review

  • Analyst: Lindsay Dewar
  • Pages: 22
  • Access: Analyst

Old Master Paintings Sales in 2021 at Christie’s and Sotheby’s were up 37% from 2020

After some dramatic changes to the traditional calendar for the Old Masters market in 2020, the market’s diary returned to a sense of normality in 2021, albeit with some interesting additions. Maintaining a digital presence whilst staging more traditional physical sales and having a presence in “cross-category” sales ultimatelly allowed the Old Masters market to see it’s best year with a peak in total sales of $294 million (up by 37% from 2020).

About this report:

This report presents an in-depth comparative analysis of the Old Master Paintings auction market at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in 2021. The analysis also provides analytical tools looking at annual trends between 2016 and 2021.

Who is it for?

This report is popular among dealers, auction houses and collectors, who want to get an in-depth understanding of auction trends in the Old Masters Paintings market and follow the performance of the two top auction houses last year.

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Analytical tools:
Comparable Performance: Old Master sales performance comparison between Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York and London including: Total sales, Lots sold, Average Prices and Auction Indicators.
Top Prices: Ranking by the highest prices achieved and by top price-to-estimate performance.
Old Masters Sales Channel Analysis: Old Master Paintings sold at auction across evening, day and online-only sales with breakdown, analysis for and top prices.