A few weeks ago, we were all fixated on Christie’s release of its category breakdown for the first half of 2017. Sotheby’s included their own auction breakdown in their quarterly earnings. Currency fluctuations pulled back the sales total by $97m leaving the total 2% off the previous years auction totals.
Old Master, British paintings, Asian art, Jewelry, Wine, Watches, and other categories all saw drops for $241.8m from 2016. Those were offset by the $298m rise in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art.