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.
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]