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Auction houses and catalogues: Home

Guide to finding auction sale catalogues, both on paper and online.

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See the price databases guide to research prices achieved at auction.

Summon is usually the best starting point for finding articles, books and dissertations about auction houses and sales.


You may also want to run supplementary searches in these databases:


For introductory articles:


Other key resources:


We keep Sotheby's and Christie's catalogues from 2014 onwards, from London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris and other locations.

To check if we have the sale catalogue you want, it is generally easier to use the book catalogue rather than Summon.

There are gaps in the collection, so please check what we have before making a special trip to the library.  Tabs three and four of this guide tell you how to find information online, and how to access catalogues in other libraries, if SIA does not have what you need.

In general, catalogues cannot be borrowed from the library. However, a few catalogues are kept in the book collection and can be borrowed. With the permission of the librarians, other catalogues may be taken out of the library, but not out of the building, for specific projects or sessions.