Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Auction of Antiquities in New York

What is the scale of the antiquities market?

In New York Sotheby's and Christie's have sold more than $270 million worth of antiquities since 1999. This works out at some $27 million each year, normally from two sales a year each.

Sales from galleries and dealers should be added to this amount.

Further reading
Chippindale, C., D. W. J. Gill, E. Salter, and C. Hamilton. 2001. "Collecting the classical world: first steps in a quantitative history." International Journal of Cultural Property 10: 1-31. [abstract]

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