Pierre Bergé & Associés: an assessment

In the first half-year of 2016, Pierre Bergé & Associés produced a consolidated volume of 12.3 million euros in France, with 10.77 million euros in France and 1.53 million euros in Belgium. Apart from bibliophilia and design, archaeology enabled the auction house to make its greatest sales, with an Egyptian limestone stele going for 126,700 euros. Among art objects, a pair of Blaeu globes sold for 232,610 euros while in the jewellery sector, a fine pearl necklace went for 176,540...

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Artcurial: “specificity and diversity”

The first six months of 2016 allowed Artcurial to notch up 122.5 million euros (expenses included), hence a 6 % rise compared with the same period in 2015. The “specificity and diversity” strategy followed by Artcurial has paid off for its motorcar section in particular, with the sale of the most expensive collector’s car at an auction (32.1 million euros), as well as the success of the Geneviève and Pierre Hebey collection. A total of 37 private collections were dispersed; 75 % of buyers were international for lots worth over 50,000 euros; 31 lots were pre-empted or acquired by museum institutions...

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Lowdown on Christie’s World

For the first six months of 2016, Christie’s reaped a total of 2.1 billion pounds, confirming the house’s status as the world’s leader, even if it underwent a slight decline in relation to the same period in 2015 when it amassed 2.9 billion pounds. Sales were marked by a record of 24,722,500 pounds for Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure: Festival, as well as over 6 million dollars for Greco’s Mise au Tombeau. These results point to strong collector demand for masterpieces, with 88 % of transactions exceeding $5...

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Thirteen records at Drouot

Drouot’s first half-year in 2016 concluded with sales results of 192 million euros. The highest bid went to Rodin for Le Baiser, a posthumous cast, which set a world record by selling for 2.20 million euros. This auction house held 647 sales, scoring twelve bids higher than 500,000 euros, and 138 over 100,000 euros. No less than 51 collections were dispersed, and fifty pre-emptions counted, including one for an Akyé statue purchased by the Musée du Quai Branly for 624,000 euros. Over these six months, thirteen records were set: eleven world records, two French...

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Sotheby’s leads in Asia

During the first half-year of 2016, Sotheby’s earned 3.6 billion HK dollars ($461.5 million), in other words a 22 % increase compared with the same period in 2015. This result is 145 % more than the low estimate, bearing in mind that 80 % of lots reached or exceeded their medium estimates. Three works went for over 100 million HK dollars ($13 million) and 16 world records were beaten. Sotheby’s confirms its strong position as a leader in Chinese artworks, with a total of over 1 billion HK dollars ($130 million) in the first six months of...

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