The Auction Market For Modern Prints: Confirmations, Contradictions, And New Puzzles
"Using a large data set with 80,214 repeat sales, we find that the real return on a diversified portfolio of modern prints sold at auctions worldwide averaged a modest 1.51% during the period 1977-2004. We address several issues regarding the performance of modern prints as investments: the selection bias arising from the self-interest of auction houses; the impact of an ever-expanding universe of auction houses on investment returns; the "masterpiece" effect, or whether more expensive works of art outperform the market as a whole; and the differences in returns that arise due to random fluctuations in collector tastes." ("JEL" Z11, G11, G14) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.
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Volume (Year): 46 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
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