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Auction and Sales Research

This guide contains information on resources for researching auction records and results.

Auction Catalogues

The Library maintains complete subscription to physical copies of auction catalogues from Sotheby's New York, Christie's New York, and Phillips New York for the last five years.

Particularly important sales catalogues are held in perpetuity and catalogued as books, and shelved with them in the general stacks. These catalogues can be found in our Library Catalogue. Particularly rare or valuable sales catalogues are stored in the Head Librarian's office and are available for consultation by request.

If you have a the name and date of sale, but we do not have the catalogue in our library, and it is not available online, we have access to the SCIPIO Database which will lead you to libraries that have the catalogue. If it is in New York we can write you a referral if the library is not open to the public.

Auction Catalogue Holdings in the SIA-NY Library

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