How Christie’s and Sotheby’s land the most expensive art deals


The global art market was valued at $67.4 billion in 2018, the second highest year ever. The United States, United Kingdom and China are the three largest art markets. They account for 84% of the global market, with the U.S. capturing over half of that.

Auction houses are one of the biggest drivers of the art market. Sales at public auctions exceeded $29 billion last year. Five auction houses combine for over half of the global sales. And of those five, two far surpass the others: Christie’s and Sotheby’s, which handle more than 40% of auction sales.

Visitors look at a painting entitled ‘Salvator Mundi’ by School of Leonardo da Vinci during a press visit of the exhibition “Leonardo da…


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