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Bloomberg did a tally of the top ten lots across all houses last year and this year:
Last year, the top 10 lots totaled $678.8 million; this year, it was about a half of that, totaling just $378.75 million.
Although much of the market chatter says the best works are being kept off of the market, these numbers don’t entirely bear that out. Unless, by ‘best’ works the specialists mean great examples of artist’s work that would sell between $5 and $30m.