The Top Ten Art Price Indexes and Databases
The recent increase in popularity of art investment has given rise to many different art price indexes and databases which are a fantastic resource for art investors and collectors who are looking to gauge value, determine popularity and attempt to predict art market movements and price progression. Below is a list of the top ten art price indexes and databases which should be able to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions.
The artprice database includes over 290,000 catalogues with images on line, 25 million auction results, prive levels and indices covering 405,000 artists. Also included are upcoming sales from 2,900 auction houses, signatures and biographies of artists and
Artfact is the world’s largest and most comprehensive fine auction database service including unabridged upcoming and past auction catalogs and price results for over 1,000 prestigious international art, antiques, and collectible auction houses of all sizes including Artcurial, Christie’s, Doyle’s, Eldred’s, Gallerie Koller, Hindman, Ritchie’s, Sotheby’s, Swann, Tajan, and Weschler’s to name only a few.
The artnet price database is the most comprehensive color-illustrated fine art history archive. Representing auction records from over 500 international auction houses since 1985, the Price Database covers more than 3.5 million auction sales.
PriceMiner® is the most comprehensive pricing tool in the world, containing data from eBay, GoAntiques, and TIAS. Combining millions of prices realized from eBay and the leading sites for Art, Antiques and Collectibles gives you unprecedented power at your fingertips. PriceMiner®, launched in 2005, is a product of GoAntiques, Inc.
ArtTactic was set up by Anders Petterson in 2001, as a response to an increasing interest for responsive and dynamic art market research and commentary
AskART is an online database containing over 100,000 artists. From its inception the focus was on American artists from the early 16th-Century through the present. However, in January of 2007 the database has expanded to include international artists’ auction records. AskART presents past Auction results for American artists from 1987, as well as upcoming auction information for the Auction Houses we have identified as being the best for American and International artists at auction. Their International Auction records begin in 2007.
Fine Art Info is a databse of 219,786 artists, 1,253,034 art prices, 54,291 signatures and 388,287 photos of artwork. Much of the information in the database is free to access.
Art Sales Index have been recording the price and information of fine art sold at auction around the world for over 34 years. The database holds more than 2.9 million auction entries by 225,000 artists.
Gordon’s is home to one of the largest art price databases in the world, with more than 1.7 million available records.
AMR indexes are a unique guide for buyers and sellers in every ‘alternative’ market. Subscribers are able to select their own parameters (currency, inflation and market segment etc) and create on-line over 100,000 indexes showing trends in markets ranging from Italian Old Masters and French Impressionists to Vintage Wines, Art Deco Jewellery, and Pop Memorabilia. Each index appears instantaneously, complete with underlying figures and statistical analysis.
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.