Home » Arts and Entertainment

Taking A Look At Auctions Around The World

Jan 24, 2008
The appeal of art is universal, but the marketplace is as diverse as painting styles. Auction houses around the world enjoy varying levels of success, with some promising new businesses located in Canada, England and Australia. Some of the neatest home decor evolves from the wealthy, world traveler's eye for detail, while jet-setting from country to country. They pick up their treasures on vacation and cherish that special memento for life, all the while impressing guests with their art investment.

Started circa 1995 in Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada - far from the wealthy art enthusiast base in Toronto -- Heffel House was taking an obvious gamble. The Canadian market is not reported to be particularly busy, but Heffel House aimed to find the best and rarest Canadian art (like Emily Carr's Eagle Totem priced at $250,000 and a Haida totem pole carved by a Bill Reid). They also took a smart business detour, by putting their entire collection up online in full color for all to see.

Quickly, their business skyrocketed with Vancouver locals, Pennsylvanians and even Torontonians coming in to snag the "undervalued" original art for sale. Owner Robert Heffel told the National Post, "Our goal was, in the first five years, to have a $1-million auction, and in our first auction, we sold over $1-million just like that. I don't think people realize the power of the internet for this industry."

Heffel is the only Canadian house that puts their entire catalogue of Canadian and international art on their website. They hold monthly fine art auctions online and find that clients are eager to purchase pieces, while the prices are still relatively low. Whether buyers are looking for figures, watercolor art, oil paintings of animals or landscapes, Emily Carr or John Geoffery Caruthers, Heffel house continues to grow at a surprising rate.

Australia has a capricious art marketplace, with auction houses frequently splintering off into smaller operations. The competition of elbow bumping art auctioneers includes: Bonham & Goodman, MossGreen, Joel Fine Art, Deutscher-Menzies, Sotheby's and Deutscher & Hackett. Frontrunners Deutscher and Hackett had sales last year that topped $26 million and ran a $7-million auction recently, selling Brett Whiteley's "View From the Sitting Room Window, Lavender Bay" for $1.5 million and Russell Drysdale's "Red Landscape" for just over $1 million.

Art consultant Ian Rogers told Australia's Fairfax Digital / The New Age, "I don't think [the market] is expanding quickly enough to accommodate all of the players." What can collectors expect from one of Deutscher & Hackett's massive fine art auctions?

They have Tom Roberts, John Brack, Ian Fairweather, Arthur Boyds, Whiteley, Gascoigne and Dale Hickey, to name a few. Also look out for a wider selection of international art. "I am very excited about taking the opportunity of being so close to Asia," says Deutscher himself.

"Christie's dedication to the growth of the Middle East art and collecting market is tangible as we deliver the broadcast selection of rare and museum-quality pieces, as well as international sale highlights for exhibition," says Jussi Pylkannen, the President of Christie's Middle East & Europe auction houses, at his Halloween art sale.

This year art collectors can find work by coveted Iranian artist Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, the "Qur'anic Polyptych of Nine Panels" painted by Ahmed Moustafa, or Farhad Moshiri's "One World - Yek Fonia" map laden with Swarovski diamond-shaped crystals on canvas. London itself is home to many affluent people from the Middle East, so the arts resources seems like a natural progression for the region.

While the markets may be disparate, they each have something unique to offer. The international giants like Christie's can be enticing, but often expensive, whereas the smaller niches in Canada remain the art collectors' best kept secret.

In an undervalued market, many can find amazing Inuit pieces and can buy original art for low prices. Australia auction houses have been trying to include more Aboriginal art for the history lovers.
About the Author
Enrich your knowledge further about auction houses from Mike Selvon portal. We appreciate your feedback at our fine art auctions blog where a free gift awaits you.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 184
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources