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The Impact of Museum Purchase on the Auction Prices of Paintings

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  • Werner Pommerehne
  • Lars Feld

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This study examines how art museums‘purchasing policy influences the auction prices ofpaintings. Using a cross section of non-speculativetransactions during the period 1820–1970, we findconsiderable empirical support for the hypothesisthat public museums outside the U.S. pay above averageprices in auction markets providing higher thanaverage yields to private sellers. The typical U.S.private museums appear to be more restricted byfinancial constraints and the development of thegeneral economic conditions than their publiccounterparts. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Cultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 21 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 249-271

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:21:y:1997:i:3:p:249-271

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Keywords: tertiary art markets; private and public museums‘ purchases;

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  1. Chanel, O. & Gérard-Varet, L.-A. & Ginsburgh, V., . "The relevance of hedonic price indices," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1222, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  2. Bruno Frey, 1997. "Art Markets and Economics: Introduction," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 21(3), pages 165-173, September.
  3. Orley Ashenfelter & Kathryn Graddy, 2003. "Auctions and the Price of Art," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 41(3), pages 763-787, September.
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  10. Peter Johnson & Barry Thomas, 1998. "The Economics of Museums: A Research Perspective," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 22(2), pages 75-85, June.
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