• Issue
  • Jan 01, 2022

Auction Report: Bounce Back Bigger

Amid a global health crisis and rocky economic circumstances, collectors were emboldened to make riskier purchases, favoring the new and unfamiliar over the tried and true. This was seen in the extraordinary rebound by global contemporary art auctions in 2021. According to Artprice’s annual report, from June 2020 to June 2021, USD 2.7 billion was transacted in the market—an all-time high, buoyed by online sales and the burgeoning realm of NFTs. By contrast, the figures for blue-chip modern art trailed behind those seen in pre-pandemic times, with niche names garnering the most interest.