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The Old Master sales in New York which were lopsided by Christie’s decision to hold their Old Master sales in April with a mix of other categories still demonstrated a collecting field with a fair bit more activity than is recognized popularly.
As with other collecting categories that are not Contemporary art—and even within the overall matrix of the Contemporary category where emphasis has shifted from the top of the market to identifying undervalued pockets—the January Old Master sales displayed the keen interest of collectors on a select number of objects, not necessarily those that were highly estimated by the auction houses.
The various Day and Evening sales of Old Master art, drawing sales and print sales in the Old Master category combined for a total of $52m according to data from Live Auction Art. (More analysis for subscribers below.)
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