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Auctioneer Strategy and Pricing: Evidence from an Art Auction


  • Clare M D'Souza

    () (School of Economics, La Trobe University)

  • David Prentice

    () (School of Economics, La Trobe University)


This study examines the role of auctioneer's strategy used in determining pricing at art auctions. It characterizes the role of auctioneers, prices that the paintings were sold at and tests a series of hypotheses about their behaviour. This is done using pricing data from an auction of paintings. It examines the relationship between the auctioneer's estimates and realized prices. It determines whether the auctioneer and the market evaluate different attributes of different paintings differently and finally, an analysis is undertaken on the determinants of prices in the art market as suggested by hedonic regression.

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  • Clare M D'Souza & David Prentice, 2001. "Auctioneer Strategy and Pricing: Evidence from an Art Auction," Working Papers 2001.05, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:trb:wpaper:2001.05

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    1. Calin Valsan & Robert Sproule, 2008. "Reservation Prices And Pre-Auction Estimates: A Study In Abstract Art," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 10(24), pages 257-272, June.
    2. Calin Valsan & Robert Sproule, 2006. "Hedonic Models and Pre-Auction Estimates: Abstract Art Revisited," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 26(5), pages 1-10.
    3. Se├žkin Aylin & Atukeren Erdal, 2012. "A Heckit Model of Sales Dynamics in Turkish Art Auctions: 2005-2008," Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, De Gruyter, vol. 7(3), pages 1-32, May.
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