all the art in the world

The European Art Foundation released a report that estimates the total volume of the global fine arts trade. They surveyed auction houses, consultants, and deals to get an estimate. Doesn’t sound like they focused on crafts and low  status art. Total? $60.8 billion. Roughly speaking every person on earth chips in about $10 for fine art. Obviously, some chip in more than others.

Other facts:

  • global art commerce ($60bn) is a less than 10% of the total US defense budget ($739bn)
  • there’s a ton of auctioneers dealing in the super hot Chinese art market
  •  the average high art item is sold for about $1,2000
  • London and New York account for 60% of the total.

Interesting reading.

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Written by fabiorojas

March 30, 2012 at 12:02 am

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