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Auction and Sales Research

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

Information from Auction Houses

The major auction houses themselves maintain excellent records of upcoming, current, and recent sales.  Sales can be searched by lot, and upcoming sales can be browsed.  Sometimes digital versions of catalogues are also offered free of charge.  To get the most functionality out of these sites, it is recommended you create an account with each house. While images and catalogue information are provided, only pre-auction estimates are provided; they do not provide a record of hammer prices. Compete auction calendars are also provided.

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