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A Price Index for Art Market Auctions

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  • G. Candela
  • A. Scorcu

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This paper proposes a price index for modern andcontemporary paintings based on estimates and auctionprices. We use this index for the evaluation of theItalian art market and for comparisons with returns onother assets. During the period 1983–1994 art pricesincreased in line with inflation but returns onpaintings were lower than returns on financial assets.In the long run art prices are unrelated to financialassets prices, but a positive correlation with realestate prices emerges. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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  • G. Candela & A. Scorcu, 1997. "A Price Index for Art Market Auctions," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 21(3), pages 175-196, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:21:y:1997:i:3:p:175-196 DOI: 10.1023/A:1007442014954
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