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  • Hislop's Art Sales Index: Art Price Annual 2008 Book and CD-ROM

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Hislop's Art Sales Index 2008, 39th Annual Edition auction record compendium in book form contains over 165,000 auction sales results for paintings, prints, works on paper, sculptures, miniatures, and photographs by nearly 45,000 artists of all nationalities and all time periods that sold at nearly 3,500 art auctions held at over 500 international auction houses between August 2006 and August 2007. Minimum selling prices for inclusion in the Index are $465 for paintings and works on paper, $1500 for miniatures and sculpture, $1890 for prints and photographs, and $9300 for "style of," "after," "circle of," and so on. In other words, this is the reference to use if you buy, sell, or collect better quality art and require the art price database you use to exercise some level of discretion, here in terms of price cutoffs, in the types of auction results they choose to publish. Each individual entry includes the artist's name, birth and death dates (when available) or century when active, nationality, title or description of the art, medium, dimensions, auctioneer, date of sale, lot number, selling price (in dollars, pounds, and Euros), and a notation as to whether the work is illustrated in the auction sale catalogue.

    The book also contains a list of all catalogued auctions, an alphabetical index of artist-name cross references (artists known by more than one name), instructions on how to read entries, and an auction season analysis.

    Those of you who prefer using a CD-ROM for your art price database research can opt for the Art Sales Index CD-ROM 2008 -- 2,600,000 auction records for over 255,000 artists whose art has sold at international auctions over the past the past 25 years, covering sales from January 1985 through July 2007. Art Sales Index CD-ROM is notable for its comprehensive search capabilities. You can search by artist, title, medium, date, and a variety of other variables all on the same screen, all at once. You do not have to search term-by-term, screen-by-screen as you do with similar art price database products.

    Hislop's Art Sales Index 2008, 39th Annual Edition edited by Howard Moneta. LTB Gordonsart, Inc. and Art Sales Index, Ltd., Phoenix, AZ, 2007, hardbound, 2518 pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches. $245.

    Art Sales Index CD-ROM 2007 edited by Duncan Hislop. Art Sales Index, Ltd., Egham, Surrey, England, 2005. Initial one-year subscription, $499; annual subscription update, $180.

    Available from LTB Gordonsart Inc., 13201 N. 35th Avenue, B-20, Phoenix, AZ 85029 or call 1-800-892-4622 or visit Gordon's Art Reference online.

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