Colin Gleadell says that Christie’s 2010 sales beat out the record year of 2007 capping an extraordinary year in the art market:
Christie’s will announce record global sales of £3.2 billion ($4.98 billion) for 2010 next month. The figure includes both auction sales and private sales, and just nudges ahead of the company’s previous high of £3.1 billion in 2007. Sotheby’s will announce its figures in dollars, and its website indicates that its global auction sales have almost doubled last years, reaching $4.3 billion, not including private sales.
Art Market News: A Record Year for Christie’s (Telegraph)