bringing the art market into sharp focus

The Power of Data

The strength and scalability of our database power our platform. As the art market continues to grow, so does our database. We continually reassess the landscape to make sure we are capturing new artists, auction types, regions, and trends.   

Our data is sourced from publicly available data from eight major auction houses around the globe.  Publicly available data is used as an accurate basis for valuing other financial markets, why not the same for the art market?

As the size of the public auction market is approximately half of the overall transaction market, we believe this is a meaningful benchmark for the overall art market.

A Comprehensive and Growing Database

With over 11 years of data and more than 250,000 lots, the database is constantly expanding based on what is happening in the auction market.

Total Number of Lots

Total Number of Auctions

Searchable Post-War & Contemporary Artists

New Lots this Month

Major Auctions this Month

Searchable American Artists

expanding art market coverage

A Focus on Post-War & Contemporary and American Art

Due to the size of the Post-War & Contemporary art market, which accounts for approximately 50% of the art market by auction type, this data, along with American art, has been released first.

Modern & Impressionist Art is Coming!

At Art Auction Analytics we are constantly working to expand and enhance our database.  Our next step is to release Modern & Impressionist art, which is on target for the second half of 2023.  Once Modern & Impressionist is released, our data will cover 85% of the art market.

Multiple Auction Data Streams

As the Auction Houses introduce new Auction Types, so do we.

Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, First Open, Prints & Multiples, Latin American Art, 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art II, American Art, Pennsylvania Impressionists, Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Modern & Contemporary African Art, Photographs, Contemporary Art Evening Auction, Modern & Contemporary Middle-Eastern Art, Contemporary Curated, 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art Day Sale, American Art, Art Contemporain, Contemporary Art Day Auction, American Painting, 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art, Contemporary Art I, New Now

how we select searchable artists

A Structured Vetting Process

To offer a comprehensive solution, we only include artists in our searchable database who have a critical mass of sales at auction to make their performance data meaningful. A minimum threshold of transactions with lots sold, over a certain period of time, must be met before an artist is considered ‘Searchable’.

Our database currently contains approximately 12,318 Post-War and Contemporary and American artists who have executed at least one transaction at auction.  However, just under 15% of these artists meet the minimum threshold and are released as “Searchable” on the platform.


A Global Database Reflecting a Global Market

We recognize that the art market is a large, growing market that is expanding into new corners of the globe each year.  Art Auction Analytics has responded by adding auctions to our database from different cities and currencies around the world. You can transact with confidence knowing that Art Auction Analytics captures sales data of artists from around the world.  

Auction Locations

data organized in a meaningful way

Timing is Everything

Auctions don’t happen every day.  Throughout the year they vary in size, the number of artists and lots included, and the dollar amounts of the works offered.  However, the major Auction Types tend to happen bi-annually and in the same time frame each year.  For example, the significant Post-War and Contemporary  New York evening auctions take place in mid-May and mid-November; while the major American auctions occur in late May and late November.

To address these patterns and to calculate meaningful metrics, Art Auction Analytics has aggregated auction data by an artist into six-month Auction Cycles. Auction Cycles correspond to the first six months and last six months of the year.  The artist AMV and KPMs are calculated for these time periods. The aggregation results in a comprehensive valuation for each artist and allows for useful year-over-year comparisons.

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Data is Updated Monthly

Updates to the database are completed on the first of each month to include transaction data from the major auction houses completed in the prior month.