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Price indices for artists - A proposal

  • G. Candela
  • P. Figini
  • A. E. Scorcu

This paper proposes a price index for artists adjusted for the quality of the paintings, based on the ratio between the average market price and the average pre-sale estimate for paintings. We apply this methodology to a group of selected artists and schools presented in auctions worldwide in the period 1990–2001. A comparison with quality unadjusted and hedonic indices is also conducted. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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