By the numbers: Christie's $2.57 billion first half of 2010 report
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Totals - Worldwide sales of £1.71 billion ($2.57 billion), up 46% by £ on last year’s figure - 169 works of art sold for more than £1 million, compared to 201 in the corresponding period last year - Sales totals include private sales of £182.7 million/$274.1 million, up 37% by £ on the same period last year
Geographical breakdown of sales - Continental Europe with UK - £650.3 million/$975.4 million – unchanged compared to last year (King Street £450.2 million/$675.2 million, South Kensington £49.9 million/$74. 9 million, Paris £80. 6 million/$120.9 million) - Americas - £666.4 million/$999.6 million, up 116% in £ from the same period in 2009 - Asia with Middle East - £215.7 million/$323.6 million ), up 134% in £ from the same period last year (Hong Kong £200.4 million/$300.7 million Dubai £15.3 million/$22.9 million)
Top International Department Totals - Up overall by 47% in £ over the same period in 2009, most significant increases on a percentage basis year-over- year were Post-War & Contemporary (140%), Asian (121%)
Impressionist & Modern Art £568.6 million/$852.9 million Post-War & Contemporary Art £307.2 million/$460.7 million Asian Art £245.5 million/$368.2 million Old Masters & 19th Century Art £58.3 million/$87.4 million American Paintings £25.6 million/$38.4 million Russian Paintings & Works of Art £14.7 million/$22.2 million Latin American Art £13.8 million/$20.7 million
Top Ten Works of Art Sold at Christie’s Worldwide 1) $106,482,500 - Pablo Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, oil on canvas, painted on 9 March 1932. World auction record for any artwork sold at auction, World auction record for the artist (New York 4-May-10)
2) $53,282,500 - Alberto Giacometti, Grande tête mince, bronze, conceived in 1954 (New York 4-May-10)
3) $52,620,923 - Amedeo Modigliani, Tête de caryatide, sculpture, executed between 1911-12. Highest price achieved for a work of art ever sold in France. World auction record for the artist (Paris 14-Jun-10)
7) $25,842,500 - Alberto Giacometti, La Main, bronze with brown and green patina, conceived in 1947 and cast by Alexis Rudier Foundry in March 1948 (New York 4-May-10)
8) $20,802,500 - Alberto Giacometti, Le Chat, Bronze, conceived in 1951 (New York 4-May-10)
9) $18,338,500 - Andy Warhol, Silver Liz, spray enamel, synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on linen, 1963 (New York 11-May-10)
10) $18,011,679 - Pablo Picasso, Le baiser,, oil on canvas, 1969 (London 23-Jun-1)
Christie's Online - Christies.com drew 33% more registrants and 44% more bidders, in the first half of 2010 compared to the first half of 2009 - The online channel now accounts for one-fifth of Christie's sale registrants and registrations, and one-quarter of the company's bidders. - At the close of first half, online revenue reached $48.8 million, a year-over-year increase of 63%
Stay tuned for Sotheby's first half of 2010 report due on Thursday.
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