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April 2017

COLLECTING – GROWTH IN THE ONLINE MARKET

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Over the last decade more and more has been written about the impact of the internet on the art market, with varying levels of generalisation and assumption.  A flurry of start-ups has been vying to take the lead in this new area of an age-old market, but a recent report by Hiscox shows that it is Christie’s and Sothebys who are emerging as leaders in the online art market, even though they were initially slow to embrace internet sales. The recent demerger of Auctionata and Paddle8, and subsequent filing for insolvency of Auctionata, reflects continuing challenges for new online players in the market when it comes to gaining a share of the market, and perhaps the trust of customers, something that is impossible to win quickly without the security of a long-running, global brand and reputation.
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BATTLE OF THE BASQUIATS AT AUCTION IN MAY

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Anticipation is building for the major spring auctions in New York in May, one of the biggest market moments of the year. This series of Modern and Contemporary art sales sees Christie’s and Sotheby’s go head to head in the heavyweight stakes, not just during the sales, but from months before when they start gathering works to sell.
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RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS – APRIL 2017

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Fans of antiquities should head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where they will be greeted by a group of the life-sized terracotta warriors who guarded Emperor Qin Shihuang’s tomb, including one of the rare examples with traces of pigment, as well as more than 160 ancient works of Chinese art.  Another highlight is a smi-hude figure of outstanding anatomical accuracy that shows the influence of Western art.  Ages of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC – AD 220) is on view from 3 April – 16 July 2017.
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