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Le Rapport Annuel Artprice du Marché de l’Art mondial 2016 : un véritable marché alternatif aux marchés financiers avec la suprématie de la Chine

Fruit d’une alliance entre Artprice, le Leader mondial de l’information sur le Marché de l’Art, présidé et fondé par thierry Ehrmann, et son puissant partenaire institutionnel Chinois Artron, présidé par Wan Jie, le 16ème Rapport Annuel du Marché de l’Art mondial offre enfin une parfaite lecture du marché pour l’Orient et l’Occident.

Les deux entités fusionnent l’intégralité de leurs ressources pour analyser le Marché de l’Art global avec une exhaustivité jamais atteinte jusqu’alors, permettant ainsi de dévoiler les enjeux d’une compétition d’une rare férocité. Personne dans le monde à ce jour ne peut produire de telles métadonnées tant sur le plan macro-économique que micro-économique.

Ce rapport contient le célèbre classement Artprice des 500 artistes les plus puissants au monde, le top 100 des enchères, l’analyse par pays et par capitales, l’analyse par périodes et par médiums, les différents indices d’Artprice et 21 chapitres clés pour décrypter implacablement le Marché de l’Art. Accessible gratuitement sur Artprice.com

http://fr.artprice.com/artprice-reports/le-marche-de-lart-en-2016

La Chine redevient n°1 mondial avec 4,8 Mrd$ et 91 400 lots vendus
Les USA sont n°2 avec 3,5 Mrd$ et 72 500 lots vendus
Le Royaume Uni n°3 pèse 17% du produit de ventes d’art dans le monde
Les ventes aux enchères 2016 totalisent 12,45 Mrd$ avec 675 500 lots vendus
+11% de lots vendus en Occident (USA +24%, UK +27%)
Avec 579 m$, la France n°4 pèse 5% du produit des ventes mondiales
Le taux d’invendu reste stable en Occident : 37%
96% des lots sont vendus moins de 50 000$ dans le monde
New York (3,2 Mrd$), Beijing (Pékin) (2,3 Mrd$), Londres (2,1 Mrd$) et Hong Kong (1,15 Mrd$)
Le record 2016 frappé pour La Meule (1891) du Français Claude Monet : 81,5 m$
L’artiste le plus performant en 2016 est le Chinois Zhang Daqian (355 m$)
Le nombre d’œuvres proposées dans le monde connaît une progression de +8 % par rapport à l’année 2015 avec 938 000 lots Fine Art passés en ventes publiques.
80 œuvres ont été vendues plus de 10 m$ en 2016, contre 160 en 2015.

Entre logique d’investissement, spéculation, collections passionnées, demande insatiable de grandes signatures pour alimenter les nouveaux Musées du monde, le nombre de transactions du Marché de l’Art mondial affiche une très bonne santé en Occident avec une hausse de 11% et une consolidation, malgré la dégradation de l’économie mondiale. Le chiffre d’affaires 2016 est très honorable avec un résultat global de 12,45 Mrd$ d’enchères publiques.

Les leviers d’une telle croissance passent par la facilité d’accès aux informations sur le Marché de l’Art, la dématérialisation des ventes – le tout sur Internet avec 97% des acteurs connectés – la financiarisation du marché, l’accroissement des consommateurs d’art (de 500 000 à l’après-guerre à 70 millions en 2015), leur rajeunissement, l’extension du marché à toute la Grande Asie, zone Pacifique, Inde, Afrique du Sud, Moyen-Orient et Amérique du Sud.

Ils passent aussi par l’industrie muséale (700 nouveaux Musées/an) devenue une réalité économique mondiale au XXIème siècle. Il s’est construit plus de Musées entre 2000 et 2014 que durant tout le XIXème et XXème siècles. Cette industrie dévoreuse de pièces muséales est l’un des facteurs primordiaux de la croissance spectaculaire du Marché de l’Art. Le Marché? de l’Art est désormais mature et liquide, offrant des rendements de 10% à 15% par an pour les oeuvres supérieures à 100 000$.

En 2016, dans le combat de titans Chine / USA, le Marché de l’Art mondial Fine Art se consolide en Occident et consacre la Chine dans son rôle de première puissance mondiale. Ce sacre s’établit avec une avance implacable de 1,3 Mrd$ aux dépens des USA. Le pouvoir de l’Art constitue un Soft Power essentiel pour les Etats-Unis, la Chine et à une autre échelle le Qatar.

De même, cette année les artistes chinois dans le classement Top 500 dépassent 30%, ce qui démontre, outre le chiffre d’affaires, la suprématie de la Chine vis-à-vis des USA qui ne représentent que 15%. Pour information, le Top 500 des artistes les plus performants.
compte 41% d’artistes européens et 15% d’autres nationalités (pays d’Amérique Latine et d’Asie du Sud-Ouest).

Au regard de ces données macro et micro-économiques, le Marché de l’Art s’affirme depuis 17 ans comme une valeur refuge face aux crises économiques et financières avec des rendements conséquents et récurrents.

Alors que les Banques Centrales appliquent des taux négatifs, le Marché de l’Art affiche une santé insolente avec par exemple une progression de 1 490% des recettes annuelles enregistrées sur le seul segment de l’Art Contemporain en 17 ans et une progression linéaire de la valeur moyenne d’une œuvre d’art de +36%. Ces rendements ne sont pas réservés aux artistes stars. En effet, on obtient des rendements annuels déjà significatifs de l’ordre de +5,9% dès que le prix d’une oeuvre franchit le prix de 20 000$.

L’omniprésence d’Internet devient désormais le fer de lance principal des Maisons de Ventes de tout pays, au cœur de leur stratégie de conquête sur tous les continents. 97% des 6 300 maisons de ventes dans le monde sont aujourd’hui présentes sur Internet (elles n’étaient que 3% en 2005).

Le Marché de l’Art est un marché efficient, historique, mondial et dont la capacité à résister aux crises économiques et géopolitiques n’est plus à démontrer.

www.artprice.com Copyright thierry Ehrmann 1987/2016

A propos d’Artprice :

Artprice est cotée sur Eurolist by Euronext Paris, SRD long only et Euroclear : 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters : ARTF.

Artprice est le Leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 30 millions d’indices et résultats de ventes couvrant plus de 647 000 Artistes. Artprice Images® permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 126 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens.
Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 6300 Maisons de Ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 7200 titres de presse dans le monde. Artprice met à la disposition de ses 4,5 millions de membres (members log in), les annonces déposées par ses Membres, qui constituent désormais la première Place de Marché Normalisée® mondiale pour acheter et vendre des œuvres d’Art à prix fixe ou aux enchères (enchères réglementées par les alinéas 2 et 3 de l’article L 321.3 du code du commerce). Artprice labellisée par le BPI développe son projet de Blockchain sur le Marché de l’Art.

Le Rapport Annuel Artprice du Marché de l’Art mondial 2015 publié en mars 2016 :
http://imgpublic.artprice.com/pdf/rama2016_fr.pdf
Le rapport du Marché de l’Art Contemporain 2016 d’Artprice est accessible gratuitement à l’adresse suivante :
http://fr.artprice.com/artprice-reports/le-marche-de-lart-contemporain-2016
Communiqué d’ARTE : A la tête de La Demeure du Chaos/ Abode of Chaos dixit « The New York Times », thierry Ehrmann, artiste et fondateur d’Artprice dévoile en 9 épisodes les rouages des plus gros esclandres de l’art contemporain, qui garantissent à coup sûr des expositions blockbusters
http://creative.arte.tv/fr/artscandale

Sommaire des communiqués d’Artprice :
http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm et http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom
Suivre en temps réel toute l’actualité du Marché de l’Art avec Artprice sur Facebook, Google+ et principalement sur Twitter: http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom & http://twitter.com/artmarketdotcom
https://www.facebook.com/artpricedotcom
https://plus.google.com/+Artpricedotcom/posts
http://artmarketinsight.wordpress.com/
Découvrir l’alchimie et l’univers d’Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video dont le siège social est le célèbre Musée d’art contemporain Abode of Chaos / Demeure du Chaos.
http://goo.gl/zJssd
https://vimeo.com/124643720
Musée d’Art Contemporain siège social d’Artprice: https://www.facebook.com/la.demeure.du.chaos.theabodeofchaos999

Artprice : le Rapport sur le Marché de l’Art Contemporain 2013/2014 est en ligne

Artprice : le Rapport sur le Marché de l’Art Contemporain 2013/2014 est en ligne

le Rapport sur le Marché de l’Art Contemporain 2013/2014

Artprice : le Rapport sur le Marché de l’Art Contemporain 2013/2014 est en ligne

Thierry Ehrmann fondateur et président d’Artprice : Artprice.com a le plaisir de vous présenter sa 8ème édition exclusive du Rapport sur le Marché de l’Art Contemporain.

La version PDF du rapport annuel Artprice sur le Marché de l’Art Contemporain est téléchargeable sur Artprice :

http://imgpublic.artprice.com/pdf/artprice-contemporary-2013-2014-fr.pdf

Il contient des classements exclusifs tel que le Top 500 des artistes contemporains par chiffre d’affaires.

Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 4 500 Maisons de ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 6 300 titres de presse dans le monde.

Le marché de l’art contemporain aux enchères a franchi la barre des 2 milliards de dollars de recettes sur la période juillet 2013-juillet 2014, réalisant ainsi la meilleure année de son histoire.

Record pour une œuvre contemporaine vendue aux enchères avec Jeff Koons (38,8 m€), record du nombre d’adjudications millionnaires (179), record d’un marché haut de gamme à huit chiffres (13) et meilleure vente aux enchères de tous les temps grâce à une cession d’art d’après-guerre et contemporain chez Christie’s. Le secteur contemporain n’a jamais été aussi compétitif et spéculatif.

En quatre petites années, le chiffre d’affaires mondial réalisé en salles de ventes – toutes périodes confondues – a presque doublé depuis le ralentissement de 2009-2010, époque où fut enregistrée une baisse des prix de l’ordre de -48 %.

Le retour de l’opulence ne s’est pas fait attendre, porté par une structure de marché profondément modifiée à bien des niveaux, dont la globalisation et la dématérialisation accrue des ventes font partie. La spéculation galopante des années 2004-2007 est à nouveau de mise. Le marché contemporain s’affiche plus opulent que lors de la micro-bulle de 2007-2008, époque d’une véritable flambée et de recettes annuelles en hausse de +50 % pour un nombre stable d’œuvres vendues.

Un nouveau pic est atteint cette année 2013-2014, la meilleure de l’histoire de l’art contemporain aux enchères, à la fois en terme de recettes annuelles, de croissance de prix et de records d’adjudications.

La cote des artistes nés après 1945 suit la tendance et n’a jamais été si haute. Elle dépasse même de 15 % les niveaux atteints au plus fort de l’année 2007. Au final, l’indice global des prix de l’art contemporain progresse de +70 % sur la décennie.

L’art business s’épanouit dans une bulle qui n’éclate pas et dans une croissance qui perdure sur les biens les plus haut de gamme. Le marché haut de gamme récompense cette année 13 œuvres contemporaines au-delà des 10 m€ et désigne l’œuvre la plus chère du monde sous les traits d’un Balloon Dog géant de Jeff Koons, vendu plus de 38,8 m€ au marteau.

Les signatures les plus spéculatives de l’art, considérées par certains comme des valeurs sûres malgré l’affolement des prix et la volatilité du secteur, sont propulsées par de puissants réseaux de galeries prescriptives, d’institutions prestigieuses, de curateurs et de conseillers d’achat, et par divers acteurs forts du marché de l’art dont les sociétés de ventes leaders font partie intégrante.

La prospérité repose à la fois sur des mécanismes bien rodés et sur l’appétit féroce d’investisseurs portant les enchères depuis le monde entier. Le marché de l’art contemporain s’est transformé en ovni économique avec la globalisation de la demande, dont l’arrivée massive d’investisseurs richissimes.

Séduite par la diversification de placement et par des taux de rentabilité exceptionnels, la demande s’est considérablement accrue, tant et si bien qu’il se vend cinq fois plus d’œuvres aujourd’hui qu’il y a 10 ans avec des niveaux de prix incomparables.

La version PDF du rapport annuel Artprice Marché de l’art contemporain est téléchargeable sur Artprice en français et en anglais. Les versions allemande, italienne, espagnole et chinoise sont aussi disponibles.

http://www.artprice.com ©1987-2014 thierry Ehrmann

A propos d’Artprice

Artprice est cotée sur Eurolist by Euronext Paris, SRD long only et : Euroclear : 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters : ARTF. Depuis le 5 mars 2014, Artprice fait partie du nouvel indice CAC® PME d’Euronext.

Artprice, avec plus de 14 ans de communication réglementée sur l’Eurolist, se fait un point d’honneur à produire toute l’information nécessaire aux professionnels des Marchés financiers, mais aussi aux néophytes du Marché de l’Art. Toutes les questions des 18 000 actionnaires d’Artprice trouvent systématiquement leurs réponses dans l’information réglementée d’Artprice qu’elle diffuse en ligne sur Internet sur son propre site, http://www.artprice.com , et sur celui de son diffuseur homologué par l’AMF, ActusNews (http://www.actusnews.com).

Artprice est le leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 30 millions d’indices et résultats de ventes couvrant plus de 550 000 Artistes. Artprice Images(R) permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 108 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens. Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 4 500 Maisons de ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 6 300 titres de presse dans le monde. Artprice met à la disposition de ses 3,2 millions de membres (members log in), les annonces déposées par ses Membres, qui constituent, désormais, la première Place de Marché Normalisée® mondiale pour acheter et vendre des œuvres d’Art à prix fixe ou aux enchères (enchères réglementées par les alinéas 2 et 3 de l’article L 321.3 du code du commerce).

Sommaire des communiqués d’Artprice : http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

Découvrir l’alchimie et l’univers d’Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video dont le siège social est le célèbre Musée d’art contemporain Abode of Chaos / Demeure du Chaos.

http://goo.gl/zJssd

https://vimeo.com/87859684

Suivre en temps réel toute l’actualité du Marché de l’Art avec Artprice sur Twitter et Facebook http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom

https://www.facebook.com/artpricedotcom

Contact : Josette Mey : e-mail : ir@artprice.com

A propos de la volatilité du cours de bourse d’Artprice et des forts volumes quotidiens indépendants d’Artprice, la société renvoie le lecteur au document de référence Artprice 2013 déposé à l’A.M.F le 17/07/2014 sur le chapitre 4.3.22 et suivant facteurs  » Risques de Marché » et notamment sur le « Risques actions » 4.1.3 et suivants. De même, Artprice souligne le très grave problème que constitue le principal forum français Boursorama Banque sur Artprice, objet quotidien de fausses informations et de violations répétées du Code Monétaire et Financier (qui sont traitées en détail avec les procédures judiciaires en cours dans le document de référence 2013 chapitre 4.3.22) » Risques liés aux Forums de bourse parlant d’Artprice et principalement le forum Boursorama en infraction avec le code monétaire et financier » page 50 à 51 en ligne sur le diffuseur homologué par l’AMF, addendum page 56-57 du rapport financier semestriel 2014 sur le diffuseur homologué par l’AMF, http://www.actusnews.com).

 

Artprice: the 2013/2014 Contemporary Art Market Report is now online

Artprice : Der Jahresbericht über den Markt zeitgenössischer Kunst 2013/2014 ist jetzt online.

Index complet des 495 201 artistes recensés par Artprice.com

Third Part of the exclusive interview of thierry Ehrmann, founder of Artprice.com (March 7, 2012)

Boursica:
We already published in-depth interviews with you on June 5 and October 9, 2011. Today we are at the beginning of March 2012 and bidding started on Artprice nearly a month and a half ago. What are your impressions so far?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Before we begin, I should warn readers that some of the themes discussed in this interview are followed directly on from our discussion on June 5, 2011 and October 9, 2011 which are therefore the basis for this third interview. So… we actually started our auction activity on January 18, 2012, after 16 years of legal wrangling with one of the world’s oldest monopolies, art auctions, dating back to the Edict of 1556. At the end of this struggle we have finally managed to impose a situation of free competition via the now famous law of 20 July 2011.

Boursica:
You have become an "Auction House"?

Thierry Ehrmann:
No. Specifically we have become an auction broker, operating remotely, via internet, as defined by Article 5 of Law 2011-850 of 20 July 2011 and by our standardized auction marketplace®.

Boursica:
Can you clarify?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Artprice has a unique set of art market standardization processes based on a broad range of Intellectual property patents (sui generis software patents, copyright, etc), which allows us, via the Marketplace Normalized, to match supply and demand in real time, either in a fixed price environment or an auction environment. In the latter case, we are not responsible for the auction because we are not linked to the parties (buyers and sellers). It is the vendor who ultimately chooses the highest bid, according to his own criteria, and he pays between 5 and 9% commission for using our Standardized Auction Market Place and our client database. This client database is currently the world’s largest in the art market, with 1.4 million members, about whom we know, for each one, very precisely, what they are looking for and what they want to sell.

Boursica:
Returning to the last month and a half. What have you seen in seven weeks?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Our initial challenge, and it by no means an easy one, was to gather an offer of 5,000 lots for the auction opening day on January 18, 2012. The total value of the works amounted to more than 810 million euros with prices ranging from a few hundred euros to tens of millions of euros.

Of course the background to these first 45 days of auction brokerage activity is our Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace, which began on 18 January 2005 and has grown very substantially from an initial offer of €1.2 billion in 2005, followed by more than €2.7 billion in 2006, €3.6 billion in 2007, €4.5 billion in 2008, €5.4 billion in 2009, before stabilizing in 2010/2011 with approximately €6.3 billion with approximately 30% of completed sales being commission-free (the exact figures are available in our reference documents and regulated communication on the ActusNews website, approved by the AMF). The reactions we have received from the art market principal players to our latest auction platform in 2012 have been fast and remarkably positive; however there is still a small hard core, mainly centered around Drouot, that has
given us a distinctly hostile reception and the old guard has deployed means of harassment and threats that are really out of place in modern Europe.

Boursica:
Let's talk about this "remarkable positive" reaction, as you say.

Thierry Ehrmann:
We were rapidly congratulated by a whole generation of Gallery owners, Auction Houses, Art Dealers, Artists, Collectors and Enthusiasts who have realized that nothing will be the same as before. As our auctions are limited in time, the volume of transactions and exchanges has really exploded compared with Artprice’s Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace where time is not an important factor. In the days that followed our launch, our internet bandwidth traffic and volume of logs multiplied almost fivefold. We have had testimonies and contributions of an unrivaled intensity. It is clear that for a whole generation of art market players – aged 25 to 50 roughly speaking – Artprice, with its giant client database (1.4 million members) and its billions of behavior logs stored in accordance with European and French law, has opened the possibility to consult information on little-known
artists from the office or the home in seconds and to reach tens of thousands of potential buyers of specific artists on five continents in just a few hours. We have established unprecedented discussions with a number of these market players who have had the courage to re-think their entire sales process.

Boursica:
What is the objective of these discussions and what will be their outcome in practice?

Thierry Ehrmann:
For these art market players it amounts to a complete overhaul of their business model. They have suddenly discovered that they have a de facto firepower substantially greater than that offered by the client lists of the largest auction houses or famous galleries. Trapped within their own client lists and obliged to spend fortunes attending international art fairs to attract clients on other continents, suddenly, via Artprice's Standardized Auction Marketplace, they have discovered a new economic paradigm that impels them to migrate permanently to the Internet, which is now the best and most efficient way to conquer the five continents.

Boursica:
What do you mean by new economic paradigm?

Thierry Ehrmann:
They understand that their economic model, namely the practice of high margins with a limited number of sales due to a limited customer base, is changing. Some are considering partially closing their galleries or secondary showrooms; others will close their physical auction rooms. They are discovering, from a macroeconomic viewpoint, that the art market, which has grown from 500,000 collectors after the WWII, to 450 million "art consumers" today, can now be reached within minutes from their homes or offices. They can, therefore, very substantially reduce their margins, that were previously prohibitive, and multiply their turnover in proportions that they did not imagine before because they lacked the necessary and heavy financial means as well as a deep knowledge of the Internet. In six weeks, we have managed to brush aside lots of doubts and inhibitions. Economically, the
story has only just begun: bearing in mind the fourteen days of auction, the settlement to the trusted third party (approximately 15 days for international transfers) and the finalization of the sale between the buyer and the seller who gives the final release instruction, we are just beginning to receive the commissions from late January 2012 when we launched our auction brokerage service. So we will certainly be posted good surprises soon, because the offer on our Standardized Auction Marketplace is constantly growing and has been regularly since it opened January 18, 2012.

Boursica:
Do you know what the major Anglo-Saxon auction houses think of your business model?

Thierry Ehrmann:
I invite you to read the full page article in Les Echoes of March 3, 2012 by Robert Martine, in which Artprice Annual Art Market Report is presented alongside an interview with the Chairman of Christie's who concludes by saying "The future of the middle market (800 to € 10,000) is on the net". Who better than Christie's to confirm this?
I add, as CEO of Artprice, that this segment represents, on a global scale, 81% of global art market transactions. If an undisputed expert of the “old economy” of the art market is able to confirm that 81% of the global art market will be conducted over the Internet, it clears that our de facto leadership in this market via our standardized auction marketplace puts us in a very favorable position.

Boursica:
You mentioned doubts and inhibitions. Could you be more specific?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Indeed, particularly a major problem concerning the trusted third party. We selected the world's leading trustee Escrow.com. Their modus operandi is absolutely perfect but Escrow is handicapped by only accepting the US dollar, which was a significant drawback, mainly for our European customers. We therefore chose, in record time, a second trustee, after a tender, which is Transpact in the UK, who handles the USD, the Euro and the Pound Sterling and which became available as of mid- February. But we still have the problem of the language barrier. Whereas our customers have access to Artprice in six languages, both of the websites of our two trusted third parties are in English only which turns out to be a real obstacle because the sums involved are very important and our customers want, from a legal and practical perspective, to fully understand all the steps and procedures of escrow
and release with the trustee.

Boursica:
But why not choose a trusted third party for each linguistic area?

Thierry Ehrmann:

I must confess that no bank or similar establishment, particularly in France, has so far been able to satisfy our specifications, despite the fact that the sums involved will eventually be colossal and that, in the digital economy, the notion of a trusted third party, is already applicable to many other groups and economic activities, quite different from Artprice and the Art Market. This reflects, among other things, a certain failure of the French economy to adapt to the digital and de facto global economy in which we are now living …

Boursica:
Is there no solution? And why not do it yourself?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Under the Act of 20 July 2011 concerning online auctions, and notably Article 5 transcribed in Article 321-3 of the French Commercial Code (paragraphs 2 and 3), it is essential that the trusted third party that holds the sequestered funds and then releases the funds be fully independent from Artprice, both legally and capitalistically. But I can assure you that we have demonstrated to our two trustee partners, the high number of clients who arrived on the web page of the trusted third party and then dropped of the transaction because they feel that transferring large amounts of money without a complete mastery of the text in their own language represents a significant risk. Thus by proving to them exactly how much business they were losing we have managed to convince them to translate their web pages and their computer APIs into the languages used by Artprice (French, English, German,
Italian, Spanish and Chinese).
So the problem will be fully resolved by the second quarter with also very likley the arrival of a third Asian partner as trustee for the Asia / Pacific region.

Boursica:

Can we consider that the Standardized Auction Marketplace is now fixed?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Yes, in essence, everything is there. But Artprice has a very strong corporate culture of building systems that are concrete, simple and inexpensive in human resources. We deliberately leave a significant proportion open to a wide variety of extensions based on information from our Customer Service that is a real advantage for analyzing customer requests from all countries. The biggest danger is developing monolithic software that is trapped within a colossal specification imposed by force on international customers. The big mistake the French often make is trying to impose a product according to its own tastes. Artprice has an opposite practice and we believe that customers and the market are our best prescribers and advisers. This approach seems simple and yet very few groups in France adopt it.

Boursica:
You mentioned in a press release that the current online offer already corresponds to your forecast for 2013. Is that still the case?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Indeed, we had expected 300 new lots presented each day, corresponding to an average of 90,000 lots per year. We are currently seeing an average of around 500/700 new lots per day within a very broad price range. It should be noted that for a large auction house, a handsome catalogued sales never exceeds 300 to 350 lots offered and on average it takes 2-3 months of preparation, whereas for Artprice it takes 12 hours on average. That is worth thinking about….

Boursica:
Why not transfer the Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace to the auction platform directly? This would bring in turnover that you already own, and which would be substantial and immediate for Artprice.

Thierry Ehrmann:
Indeed, the question arose and we had a real debate at the heart of Artprice. As creator of the Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace I considered that its massive volumes represent a genuine ecosystem since January 2005 and that we should make a smooth transition, without forcing our loyal customers.

Boursica:
You seem very sure of your premise. Could you develop this idea?

Thierry Ehrmann:

It's simple, I assume that a vast majority of sellers would naturally choose the auction because, unlike real estate or automobiles markets where the difference between the fixed-price and the auction price is not that large, in the case of Artprice, the fixed price / auction differential on a work of art can easily run to double, even if the fixed price seller is a market professional. It is this premise that has allowed me to believe that for 7 years we have acquired a huge number of sellers and buyers worldwide in the form of databases and proprietary software, who generate an annual sales volume estimated at about €1.8 billion out of the €6.3 billion works presented for sale (in value terms). It would, in my opinion, be mad to force these market players, who have strong personalities and are perfectly capable of forming an opinion themselves, onto the art
auction market. In fact, this notion is confirmed everyday as we see natural migrations to the auction platform.

Boursica:
But your shareholders want an immediate result?

Thierry Ehrmann:
We have already been extremely patient waiting for France to decide to write a European directive into domestic law. I refuse to play a counter-productive game to appease a small number of shareholders who want daily regulated communication and who equate our share price with that of the gambling company La Française des Jeux. I have nothing against the La Française des Jeux which is also a quality group; but the thrill-seekers who want a daily performance are not destined to be Artprice shareholders.

Boursica:
What do your existing shareholders think?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In fact, all of our existing and major shareholders are almost more patient than we are. According to art market historians and sociologists we are fostering a change as important as the switch from open outcry trading to ECNs like the NASDAQ or Thomson Reuters’ Instinet. As such, it may take a little time, particularly as, with our intellectual and industrial property rights, we have a legal monopoly regarding the standardization of the Art Market (artist ID, work ID, catalogue raisonné ID, estimate / econometrics ID… See previous Boursica interviews) without any abuse of a dominant position and therefore with an absolute lack of serious competitors possessing similar intellectual property rights over the last 16 years. In the unlikely event that one day a number 2 arrives on the market, the hard rule that I have been practicing for 25 years with regard to online
business would apply, i.e. "Second place is the First loser".

Boursica:
Will we see a report with the extraordinary general meeting of 30 March 2012 which was not in the calendar?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Yes, indeed. This EGM will definitively set in stone the success of our economic transformation that is now a certainty for us. First of all, after 16 years of work, we have become the world leader in art market information with 1.4 million subscribers. In early 2012 we have acquired the conviction that the heart of our business are the Standardized Fixed-Price and Auction Marketplaces and that these activities generate an optimal level of profitability. That is why we are substantially altering our corporate purpose in order to remain consistent with the adventure that is Artprice’s extraordinary growth and development.

Boursica:
Some of our readers have suggested that a capital increase will be announced at the EGM. Is this the case? I thought you were against the idea.

Thierry Ehrmann:
There is no question of a capital increase but only of a stock option plan in order to attract the rare and atypical profiles we are seeking for our Standardized Auction Marketplace activity. It is clear that we are seeking the best people from the somewhat exclusive world of the art market and we want to give ourselves the power to attract these people. Similarly it makes perfect sense to reward employees of Artprice who have committed so much of their time to the business.
Concerning capital increases, I reiterate my comments, that I am totally opposed to capital increases which not only dilute shareholders but also – which is often forgotten – prevent the listed company’s share price from rising very quickly. Unlike the vast majority of listed companies, we have no debt whatsoever, no overdraft, no short, medium or long term loans outstanding, no bank covenants or financial instruments to repay such as equity warrants or other derivatives. At the same time we have an excellent cash position and a negative working capital requirement.

Boursica:
A few days ago, you published your 2011 art market report. How is it that all the French and international media and institutions only quote Artprice when talking about the art market? Is the due to some kind of lobbying?

Thierry Ehrmann:

No, I assure you… there is only one answer to your question: Artprice’s history: today we are the only group ever to have standardized the art market with more than one million hours of work by historians, researchers and art market journalists who have researched and written on all the works from these manuscripts and art catalogues from the 17th century to today. It is because we have the world’s largest art market information database that can trace works of art over the centuries, with 108,000,000 images and engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day, each accompanied by comments by our art historians. With this normalization and more than 3,600 auction houses that are connected to our secure intranet, we are the only news agency (Art Market Insight) to be able to provide macro-economic data, prices and indices based on the repeat sales method and over
one hundred benchmarks that allow more than 6,300 media each year to understand the art market via objective and comprehensive figures.

Boursica:
Do you have a concrete example?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Take for example China, where we are by far the only ones capable of gathering and processing information in a market where the language barrier and the habits and customs make it a difficult and delicate task.

Boursica:
This permanent presence in the media does it have a cost?

Thierry Ehrmann:
No, quite the contrary, on a systematic and contractual basis, the press and broadcast media are obliged to quote their Internet sources with our code and to comment on our methodology. We estimate that each year we save between 16 and 18 million euros by not having to buy advertising space which, in any case, would not have the same relevance because nothing can replace press agency content which has a much deeper impact than advertising, however clever it may be. As regards market research destined specifically for the media, insurance companies or private banks, this is of course billed at an appropriate tariff.

Boursica:
But didn’t you mention an international advertising campaign for the launch of the Standardized Auction Marketplace?

Thierry Ehrmann:

Yes, in the framework of the launch of our auction activity, we certainly received very good media coverage, but we have also decided to implement for the year 2012, a campaign plan focused on the art press, whereby we select in each key country the leader and co-leader as well as TV network campaigns that are highly targeted on art and the luxury sectors. The campaign began in late January 2012, in line with the art market’s calendar, which invariably gets into full swing with the so-called spring sales.

Boursica:
Returning to Artprice’s 2011 annual art market report which was just released. Although it is available on your website, could you tell us briefly what is its basic conclusion?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The first lesson is its title: "Art has never sold as well as in 2011". Global auction revenue exceeded its absolute record with total revenue amounting to $11.5 billion. This means that, based on a standard ratio between the secondary and the primary art market, the total base of the art market, including the primary market (galleries, art dealers and brokers), now represents approximately $90 billion. In addition, the unsold ratio was at its lowest. China is way ahead of the United States generating 41.4% of total global auction revenue and Asia alone has become a real market with almost 45% of the global market. Chinese artists are ranked highest in both our Top 10 and our Top 500. Look for example at the habitually top-ranked artist in the West, Pablo Picasso. For the first time, in decades is not even in the top-3, having been relegated to 4th place. As for France,
nothing new, the continuous contraction, over and over again.
The number of auction results above the million-dollar line is continuing to grow worldwide, particularly in Asia.

Boursica:
The art market is therefore like gold… is it a safe haven?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Yes, this phenomenon has been severely tested by the economic crisis that started in 2008 and the near-collapse of the financial world in 2011. In effect, the art market has shown great maturity and performance. It's not for nothing that the private banking and wealth managers now advise, thanks to Artprice’s econometric tools, to diversify into the art market in times of crisis. I invite you to study the progressions of our indices per price range and you will understand that the Artprice Global Index has performed better than the S&P 500 and the Eurostoxx 50.

Boursica:

Speaking of million-dollar results, how long do you think it will be before we see a 7-figure result on Artprice…an event that would indeed be momentous ?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Seven-figure results on Artprice are an absolute certainty, given our discussions with major players in the art market. So it's only a matter of time. One guess I will make…. whenever it is, it will concern a Chinese artist.

Boursica:
To return to France’s performance on the global art market, why such a contraction from year to year?

Thierry Ehrmann:

I have often been asked this question. France was the world number 1 in the 60's but alas, it has continued to lose ground. Some numbers: its Contemporary art market weighs just over USD 13 million a year, which on a global scale, is tiny. On a good day New York or London are capable of generating more from just one cataloged sale than France can in an entire year. It is evident that nearly 500 years of auction monopoly and the first “reform” of 2000, which was a complete misnomer, have contributed to paralyzing the French market. We have had very personal experience of this in our 16 years of litigation and ten legal procedures from which we have emerged victorious after years of waiting.

Boursica:
But the war is now over between Artprice and the old monopoly?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Economically, the die is cast and we have a Californian highway in front of us. On the legal front, without being vindictive, we have to finalize some issues where the economic damage we have suffered must lead to a compensatory process. Likewise, some unsuccessful claims deserve to be matched by counterclaims. In addition, we are firmly maintaining our criminal complaint with the Competition Authorities against French auction houses for non-competitive practices with new elements since late January 2012.

Boursica:
Who are you targeting?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In fact, a handful of former Parisian auctioneers, mainly at Drouot, with its judicial scandals and repeated indictments. As regards France’s auction market supervisory authority the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires (CVV), its press release dated January 6, 2012 a few hours before the launch of our Standardized Auction Marketplace, without any prior mail or phone call or warning, was totally surreal as this authority knows us very well, both from our meetings and from the data we supply them with each year for their annual report on the auction market. I ask you…Since when has an initial legal notification been delivered in the form of a press release, without any advance notification through the courts?
For me the mission of the CVV is important, but it should conduct its missions in strict compliance with the legal and adversarial procedure under French law. Things being what they are, we suspect that the afore-mentioned small group of former auctioneers close to Drouot, angered by the consequences of the law of 20 July 2011 and in particular Article 5, which I just mentioned, intentionally misled the CVV that has worked in recent years with scarce resources, and has had the courage to initiate a real debate on the inexorable decline of the French auction market. You should know that we have received extremely violent threats from a few players who cannot bear to see their margins and markets collapse. My natural insight and many years of experience allow me to observe with complete equanimity that such manifestations of hate and anger prove that we have hit exactly where the profit
is buried. In other words, our 5% net commission on works sold over €15,000 and 7% on works sold €7,500 to €15,000… that is what they don’t like!

Boursica:
So with your help, among others, has Internet therefore devoured the art market?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Everything must be kept in proportion and don’t forget that more than 4,500 art websites have disappeared since 2000 and we have seen the virtual disappearance of listed Internet art site, now relegated to the OTC market with hardly any trading volume. In our case, we started Artprice when there were less than 30 million Internet users and there are now over 2.7 billion users, with the best yet to come. But above all, the statement by the Head of Christie's about Artworks and Internet is an excellent reference for us.

Boursica:
There is still growth on the Internet?

Thierry Ehrmann:
We're only at 30% of the growth cycle on the Internet and at 15% of the dematerialization of the “old” economy. The mobile Internet suits Artprice perfectly, because our customers are nomadic by nature and needs information in the heat of the action, as experts, insurers, dealers, auction houses, customs services, and of course collectors and amateurs buying or selling in galleries or at auctions.
For Artprice, the mobile internet should represent about 80% of our consultations. We are already over 30% and this year all the major consulting firms have issued forecasts estimating the number of smartphones sold in 2012 at between 550 and 700 million, implying a massive number of new mobile users. In 2015, more than 3.5 billion mobile Internet users will be able to connect to Artprice.

Boursica:
What do you mean by 15% of the dematerialization of the old economy:

Thierry Ehrmann:
We are only at the beginning of the dematerialization of the old economy.
Let me quote my old master Pythagoras, the first philosopher for whom everything was numbers (with the exception of essences that are unquantifiable, inexpressible human emotions that have nothing to do with numbers). Hence…beyond the number of Internet users… almost every commercial transaction can be dematerialized… Artprice with the Art Market is a perfect example. In fact, you will see that the world is heading two distinctly complementary directions: dematerialization and sustainable development. The only real answer to the energy crisis is dematerialization.

Boursica:
Faced with such figures, how will you cope technically?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In the 1990s, through our parent company, Server Group, which is one of the earliest pioneers of the Internet since 1987 (according to Time Magazine), we have worked in compliance with European directives and the CNIL (French Data Protection Authority) on the concept of data mining, but we have now moved to the concept of "Big data" with data storage units measured in petabytes. This data is generated in real time; it comes from all countries in continuous streams, is meta tagged, but heterogeneously, and come from very diverse deconstructed non-predictive sources.

Boursica:
What is the difference between Big data and Data mining? Are we talking about the same thing?

Thierry Ehrmann:
No, I'll explain why. The concept of data mining was to cross groups’ high value-added database data in order to produce very high quality data. The concept of Big data has Data mining as a subset, but with the collection – in compliance with the rules of personal data protection – of billions of data (logs) previously considered non-core, whereas in fact, as soon as we saw how the cost of the petabyte (1000 terabytes) was diminishing, we realized that the data mining exploitation of this a priori less qualitative and considered negligible data, could in fact produce uncommonly rich data. We can now understand complex and immediate phenomena and quickly provide products and services that literally follow the demand of our tens of millions of free or paid visitors.

Boursica:
Specifically, what types of applications may "Big data" be able to provide?

Thierry Ehrmann:
We were able to measure, for example, since the opening of the Standardized Auction Marketplace on January 18, 2012, not only the sheer number of visitors who had never visited Artprice before, but also, by examining hundreds of millions of logs as of January 18, 2012, to understand why these new customers came only now, i.e. since the start of the auction service. Similarly, as I said earlier in this interview, in this enormous volume of traffic that has increased almost fivefold compared with the Standardized Fixed-Price Marketplace, we can interpret these new clients and prospects who appear to be only interested in the auction service, but who actually spend their time zapping between the Standardized Auction Marketplace and our free and low-value added data in our paid databases on prices, indices, and biographies, without spending more than €50.
Thanks to the Big data, we can produce tailored subscriptions that assume that 70% of these new clients and prospects are equipped with mobile internet and calculate their level of paid information according to their profiles that we estimate at around €36 per year or €3 per month. What changes everything in this analysis is that our target is no longer measured in millions of subscribers, as is the case now, but tens of millions of art consumers on mobile phones such as iPhones or Android OS Google phones

Boursica:
In all this, where are the artists?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Well this is it! in fact…thanks to the Big data, we realize that, despite our biographical database covering 1.8 million artists (of whom 450,000 sell through public auctions), there are nearly a million other artists who are much less known, with more discreet careers and who are really fascinated by the possibility of selling their works on our Standardized Auction Marketplace, with their biographies online, without going through the economic process of the gallery and then the auction house which they eschew for reasons of independence. This potential is far from negligible and the price of their works, often under €7500, allows us to apply our lower tariff range of 9% commissions and fees.

Boursica:
Regarding your social network Artprice Insider, how far have got with that?

Thierry Ehrmann:
This social network, built with sociologists and network professionals, will be the opposite of Facebook; professionals and Artprice members will appear under their real names and Artprice Insider will be coupled to the Standardized Fixed-Price and Auction Marketplace. The first tests have given excellent results and the information exchanges are all “uselful” unlike the majority of social networks which are overflowing with useless information. We’ve been perfecting it over the past 18 months because it is going to have an explosive impact on the cozy world of the art market, and we want to make sure we get it right.

Boursica:
This network, would it be reserved for art market initiates?

Thierry Ehrmann:

No, not exactly. I would say that this network is more akin to a think tank or a Brain box. The strength of Artprice Insider will be its capacity to foster original ideas, to bring together a pool of experts, to be a forum for expertise, to feed the debate concerning the art market and to encourage the emergence of new concepts. In short…Absolutely every aspect of the art market needs to be re-invented, having been totally asleep until the arrival of the Internet. Now here is a small scoop: there will be live contributions from members of the top 100 Market Makers of the art market on Artprice Insider.

Boursica:
With all these projects, how do you find the time to prepare a retrospective of your 30 years as a sculptor-artist for June 2012 at the Abode of Chaos, which apart from being Artprice’s headquarters, is also a Museum of Contemporary Art?
 
Thierry Ehrmann:
You are right… I will be “celebrating” my 30 years of work as a sculptor-artist in June of this year and I have indeed been preparing this event for 18 months in the shape of a major project consisting of 450 raw steel sculptures that are an invitation to visitors to complete the course and discover the 3,609 outdoor artworks forming the corpus of the Abode of Chaos (dixit The New York Times).

The project involved more than 900 tons of raw steel, master blacksmiths and high precision laser, to create what will be Europe’s largest statuary facility. Once again, I would say that my direct connection with creative processes helps me enormously in my relations with artists and art market players. Artprice could not exist or succeed without being totally immersed in the field of art. Anecdotally, among our 120,000 visitors per year, there are a significant number of shareholders and customers; so I can enjoy weekends of discussions and exchanges that are highly relevant to Artprice outside the work context. With a touch of humor, I can say that I do a 63 hour week. That said, this choice, which I accept with lucidity, can explain many things that some do not fully appreciate.

Boursica:
What about your stock price in 2011? And what are you expecting in 2012?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In my humble opinion, few managers of listed companies in Europe anticipated their stock market progressions in 2011 as accurately as we did. In 2011 Artprice posted the best performance of the entire French regulated market, rising no less than +472% over the year (on a total traded volume of €873 million) and passing the symbolic €67 mark that I had predicted on the basis of the famous stock market dictum "price seen, price re-seen". On a sliding annual basis to date, our share price has posted an increase of 476% on a traded volume of €1.25 billion. This year, with the Compartment B Eurolist and our transition to SRD Long Only a few days ago, and of course the new auction activity, I believe that we could see Artprice’s share price consolidating around 90 euros. Naturally, I say this with all the usual reservations, disclaimers and
warnings that apply to such predictive declarations, particularly with respect to exogenous events.

Boursica:
You said recently that certain funds might be interested in Artprice. Can you tell us more?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Without transgressing the principle of confidentiality between the parties, our switch to the SRD Long Only segment means that many funds that are statutorily prohibited from taking positions in French companies on the SRD can now acquire lines in Artprice. These funds have a very different approach to the French funds and essentially approach valuation through the stock market comparison methodology. In our case, with our Standardized Auction and Fixed-Price Marketplace, Artprice is perceived as a major player in the Art Market on Internet. Logically therefore, we are compared with a number of different companies including Sotheby's which is the only publicly-traded auction company in the world. This vision of Artprice leads to a very different valuation of Artprice because they believe that our stock price does not at all represent the company’s true value.

Boursica:
Can you be more specific?

Thierry Ehrmann
In our first interview in June 2011, we gave you computing elements with specific examples of valuation methods that are more than 120 years old (N.B. 80% of the value of an Auction House is its client base – between $800 and $4000 per client – and the other 20% is its reputation if it is well known. Hence according to this method, the valuation essentially depends on correctly assessing whether a client is worth $800 or $4000, and this assessment is based on strata of information about the client). So for Artprice’s teams, myself and our shareholders, we are almost certainly at the start of a new adventure. I would say we are like a company that is preparing an IPO on the Nasdaq, with, as a significant advantage, the maturity and experience gained from 11 years of outstanding and irreproachable performance on a regulated market. It's very exciting and extremely motivating.

Boursica:
And your agreements in Asia… how is that dossier progressing?

Thierry Ehrmann:

In March 2012, we are starting a long campaign in China involving nearly 40 meetings with major Chinese auction houses with whom we share much in common, including the dematerialization of the art market, and they think like us, that the notion of physical auction houses is outdated in 2012 compared with the Internet and in particular our Standardized Auction Market Place which will have its own HQ in our future offices in Hong Kong.
Asia, which I have known well for 20 years, moves at a very different pace to the West. It takes much longer to gain the confidence of your future partner. A business man’s word is considered more important than a contract. But, at the same time, Asians are capable of setting up a business at speeds that would make most Westerners panic. I think that Artprice is well positioned in Asia where we are considered forward-thinking, far ahead of the old Anglo-Saxon auction houses that are seen by Asians as sometimes overtaken by events.

Boursica:
Since you mention the old Anglo-Saxon houses, what is your relationship with them now and especially since January 18, 2012?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The balance of power that was established in 2005 with the Standardized Fixed Price Marketplace Standardized has changed considerably. It seems that the two economies (physical and digital) have each conducted in-depth reflections on their future. It is true that the confrontation between the old economy and the digital economy in sectors other than the art market have advanced the debate. Once again, the die is cast, with nearly three billion Internet users compared with 50 million in 1999, hence my theory of the economic paradigm shift.

Boursica:

Can you tell us a little more about this paradigm shift?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The old economy has finally realized that our 25 years experience on the Internet as Group Server (which controls Artprice), of which I am the founder, cannot be acquired overnight and is very expensive to acquire in view of the sophistication levels of today’s Internet culture. In the art market sector, I recall anecdotally that the New York authorities issued recommendations to wealthy New Yorkers to avoid a number of locations, including auctions, due to the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations. That said, the big auction houses are gradually liquidating their real estate or prematurely terminating their leases. They have discovered that IT systems within secure Intranet networks, data mining, behavioral marketing, indexing, databases standardizing the art market… these are all heavy industrial tools with very high financial and technological barriers to entry,
and, sometimes, as in our case, under the protections of intellectual property that quite simply prohibit anyone from setting up Standardized Marketplaces® on the art market (without a license from us) since Artprice owns the different copyrights, including, amongst others, the sui generis rights.

Boursica:

So what should we conclude?

Thierry Ehrmann:
The first conclusion is that the old school has recognized the value of the tangible and intangible assets that constitute one of Artprice’s major treasures. The second point is that the big auction houses have all invested in the Internet, usually via two or three investment plans, systematically involving hundreds of millions of dollars, with generally unsatisfactory and sometimes disastrous results. The third point involves the recognition of a historical actor like Artprice and the ability to imagine, for the first time, a true sharing of the art market.

Boursica:
How would the Art Market be shared?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Very simply, the whole segment of works under €15,000 is foreign to them, and yet it accounts for a colossal proportion of the art market (81%). Between €15,000 and €50,000, they are not really competitive in price terms. This raises the issue of works of more than €50,000 and of course works in 7-figures which can be accompanied by tailored services for both the buyer and the seller. It doesn’t take long for these old auction houses to realize that their marketing benefits and seniority will not be enough to balance their projected budgets for the next five years. They therefore need to take a pragmatic approach by moving closer to us.

Of course, we respect them, but we cannot do anything other than refer to our Asian partners who have long anticipated the situation and therefore have no further problems to resolve. It is however quite possible that we will manage to find common ground because there is now a younger generation of senior management running these old houses who are not letting the ghosts of the past get in their way and are finally taking action.
I firmly believe that in 2012 our shareholders will have plenty of good and occasionally surprising news.

Boursica:
Can you tell us more?

Thierry Ehrmann:
Without revealing any secrets, we have key players who, with great maturity, have decided to progressively adopt us as a white or gray label. It is obvious that within these frameworks, the transfer of revenues from traditional companies that have been operating art auctions for many years, using our Standardized Auction Marketplace for their own account, is likely to have a significant impact on our share price.
Currently, this is the type of scenario we are experiencing on a regular basis: the CEO of a large international auction house retires and is replaced by a new CEO of 35 who, immediately after his audit, approaches us with a real desire to do big business, whereas his predecessor, close to retirement age, considered Artprice in the best of cases as nothing more than an art world UFO. Once again, patience has been an essential element in the success of Artprice since its inception.

Boursica:
In that sort of context, what then is your status?

Thierry Ehrmann:
In such cases, we work as an IT services house and central server and we charge recurring fees for hosting and for the use of our software and proprietary databases.

Boursica:
Finally, a last word. In our first interview, you said that Artprice was only at 10% of its development potential; then, in the second interview, you thought that 5% would be a more accurate estimate. How much would you say today?

Thierry Ehrmann:

We are still at 5% of Artprice’s development, but the big difference is that in 2011, that 5% was only an intuition, whereas now it is backed up by facts and figures, which changes everything for our shareholders and for us …

© 2002-2012 all rights reserved Boursica.com
Previous interviews of thierry Ehrmann, founder and CEO of Artprice.com:
– June 5, 2011
http://serveur.serveur.com/Press_Release/pressreleaseEN.htm#20110606
– October 9, 2011
http://serveur.serveur.com/Press_Release/pressreleaseEN.htm#20111010

Artprice is the global leader in databank on Artprices and indices with more than 27 million indices and auction results covering 450,000 artists. Artprice Images® offers unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million images or engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by Artprice's art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 4,500 international auction houses and auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the main news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world's leading Standardised Marketplace® for buying and selling works of art by private contract or at auctions (regulated by French law alinéas 2 et 3 de
l'article L 321.3 du code du commerce).

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Discover the Alchemy and the universe of Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video/, which headquarters are the famous Museum of Contemporary Art, the Abode of Chaos

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Artprice’s annual art market report 2011. Art sales at their best.

Paris, February 27 , 2012

Artprice’s annual art market report 2011. Art sales at their best.
While old economies are struggling, growth is accelerating in the BRICS countries. The five BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- have been enjoying much stronger economic expansion than the developed countries and China’s growth in particular has profoundly modified the geographical structure of the global art market according to thierry Ehrmann, the founder and CEO of Artprice, the world leader in art market information. Moreover, in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong, politicians are aware of the enormous economic potential of art for their state or their city, and their governments strongly support major cultural events including Contemporary Art fairs. In addition to the 49% growth in auction revenue from artworks in China, a number of other Asian countries have also posted particularly dynamic growth, such as Singapore (+22%) and Indonesia (+39%).

This growth has been driven by the emergence of new and very wealthy collectors and a growing number of art investment funds. As a result, the Asian art market has become the most high-end area of the entire globe. For example, 12.1% of works sold in Asia sell for between $100,000 and $1m, versus 2.2% for the rest of the world. China, Asia’s leading economic power and world leader for sales of artworks, has surprised everyone not just by its acquisitive capacity but also by its independence. It accounts for the highest auction results (with 774 auction results above $1 million recorded in 2011 compared with 426 in the USA and 377 in the UK), mostly generated at auctions in Beijing and Hong Kong. Even if China were deprived of the strong Hong Kong sales of Christie’s and Sotheby’s, it would easily remain the first global marketplace!

In 2011, the global art auction market generated 21% more than in 2010 and there is not a single segment of the art market that did not progress in terms of turnover. Compared with 2010, Modern art added $1.2B, Post-war art added $372m, Contemporary art added $291m, Old Masters added $124 million and 19th century art posted an increase of $43 million. In addition, bulimic buying has not left any medium on the side-lines. 2011 saw the sale of more paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and even prints than 2010. Indeed, driven by the rocketing prices of the Chinese Old and Modern masters, drawing has really come into its own, with its annual revenue up by $1.318 billion over the year.

This year, Artprice’s annual art market report – based on 6.3 million auction results from 4,500 auction houses around the world and distributed to over 6,300 media organisations and international institutions every year in 6 languages – will focus particularly on China’s successful conquest of the global art market. Our 2011 Art Market Trends contain macro- and micro-economic analyses providing the keys to understanding the annual evolution of the global auction market. It discusses the major trends in the market, analysed throughout the year on the ArtMarketInsight page of our website, by the Artprice press agency and by our Econometrics Department. To complement this objective appreciation of the art market based on a year of global auction results, Artprice also offers numerous original rankings such as the Top 500 artists by auction revenue and the Top 100 auction results of the year.

Download the complete PDF format document (Free download)

http://imgpublic.artprice.com/pdf/trends2011_en.pdf

  • Edito
  • A high-end market unaffected by the crisis
  • New record year
  • The powers at work
  • Modern art: the core of the market in 2011
  • The best of the Old Masters
    Contemporary art
  • Structural mutation: the art market in the Internet age
  • Top 10 Artists
  • 11 figures for 2011
  • Powerful art market columnists comment the year
  • 2011 from the AMCI’s viewpoint
  • 2011 in 140 characters – the year as seen by @artpricedotcom
  • Top 100 auction results in 2011
  • Top 500 artists by auction revenue in 2011

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice is the global leader in databank on Artprices and indices with more than 27 million indices and auction results covering 450,000 artists. Artprice Images® offers unlimited access to the largest
Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million images or engravings of
artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by Artprice’s art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information
from 4,500 international auction houses and auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the
main news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace® for buying and selling
works of art by private contract or at auctions -regulated by French law alinéas 2 et 3 de l’article L 321.3 du code du commerce- (source Artprice).

Discover the Alchemy and the universe of Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video/, which headquarters are the famous Museum of Contemporary Art, the Abode of Chaos

Artprice is listed on Eurolist B by Euronext Paris (SRD long only): Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters:
ARTF

Artprice releases: http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleaseen.htm

Follow all of the art market’s news with Artprice on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Synthèse et rappel des neuf points de la Place de Marché Normalisée aux Enchères d’Artprice


Rappel synthétique et mise à jour, par thierry Ehrmann, des neuf points de la Place de Marché Normalisée aux Enchères issus de la communication réglementée d’Artprice :

1) Artprice attaque sa 8ème année (2005/2012) avec sa Place de Marché Normalisée où le flux annuel d’oeuvres d’art est désormais compris entre 5 et 7 milliards (cf. document de référence AMF) et dans lequel il se vend environ de l’ordre de un tiers des oeuvres, pour lequel Artprice n’est pas commissionnée. Cette réserve naturelle et considérable a pour vocation de passer progressivement et naturellement en mode enchère. Pour autant, la Place de Marché Normalisée Artprice étant un succès hors du commun, c’est un éco-système très sensible dans lequel il y a lieu de ne pas forcer la main aux professionnels, collectionneurs et institutionnels. C’est aussi, à terme, la certitude pour la Place de Marché Normalisée Artprice de réaliser ses enchères par le simple fait qu’elle possède, en mode propriétaire, depuis sept ans, acheteurs et vendeurs, dont elle connaît les modalités de comportements et indices de confiance. Le réseau social « Artprice Insider® », qui se mettra en place en février 2012, permettra d’accélérer la mutation entre prix fixe et les enchères.

2) L’erreur majeure de certains acteurs du monde de l’art a été d’imaginer que les grands collectionneurs, les market makers et les grands marchands, qui sont incontestablement des « jeunes seniors », ne daignent pas aller sur Internet, de part leur rang social. Aujourd’hui, avec 2,7 milliards de connectés à lnternet et 1 milliard de nouveaux connectés attendus pour l’année 2012, Artprice, au regard de ses abonnés VIP, a la certitude absolue que cette cible privilégiée possède une connexion Internet fixe et nomade sur Artprice. De même, Groupe Serveur, qui est sur Internet depuis plus de 25 ans, a toujours considéré pour sa filiale Artprice qu’Internet, à contrario du monde de l’art, est avant tout une culture très sophistiquée et non pas simplement des investissements massifs dans le protocole Internet, comme le pense une partie du monde de l’Art. Les asiatiques, avec qui Artprice s’allie, partagent parfaitement ce point de vue, ce qui permet de bâtir des alliances durables et solides.

3) Le pari de dépasser plus de 5000 lots aux enchères le 1er jour était extrêmement périlleux, le marché de l’art reprenant après la mi-janvier. Artprice a relevé le défi et l’a gagné. Pour information, les plus grandes ventes cataloguées au monde (USA, Chine) ne dépassent jamais 1800 lots. Certains imaginent compter en jours la mutation la plus importante du marché de l’art depuis le XIXème siècle. Artprice est en droit de demander, un tempo entendable, au regard de cette révolution historique, dont il tient la plume.

4) Artprice, dans son histoire, n’a jamais constaté tant de fureur, d’actes désespérés, de manœuvres étatiques, de haine, de folie, avec en contrepoids, autant de soutiens, de passion, de ralliement, de la part d’acteurs majeurs ou historiques qui ne s’étaient jusque-là jamais découvert complètement. Les récentes actions relèvent pratiquement de l’affaire d’état et seront traitées comme telles pour les réparations des préjudices. Ceci étant dit, de manière plus générale, de telles conduites pathétiques démontrent, mieux que tout, l’effondrement de l’ancien monde de l’art face à la vision industrielle (au sens noble du terme) d’Artprice sur le marché de l’art en 2012. Si certains occidentaux croient encore détenir le pouvoir de l’art, ils font une lourde erreur car le cœur du pouvoir de l’art est désormais en Asie.

5) Tous nos vieux Maîtres en bourse nous ont toujours expliqué qu’il faut savoir parler au marché mais aussi comprendre ce que nous dit le marché. A ce titre, les volumes quotidiens d’Artprice, qui sont pratiquement ceux d’une valeur du CAC 40, traduisent que les marchés financiers ont, depuis avril 2011, avec plus d’1,1 milliards € de volume traité sur Artprice, acheté et « pricé » que la Place de Marché Normalisée aux Enchères d’Artprice® absorbera inexorablement l’ancien système des salles de ventes physiques, que l’on peut comparer avec les corbeilles des bourses et l’arrivée des réseaux électroniques qui ont laminé les corbeilles de l’ensemble des places boursières. Rien n’arrête le marché quand il a acquis une conviction. Certaines personnes camouflées sur Internet, qui s’égarent dans le langage ou dans les actes, devraient faire preuve de plus d’humilité face au marché boursier et à l’histoire du marché de l’art.

6) De tous temps, les batailles qui amènent à la victoire se focalisent sur les coûts de production et/ou d’intermédiation. Les 5% de frais que prend Artprice pour sa prestation sur sa Place de Marché Normalisée aux Enchères pour les œuvres de plus de 15000€ est imparable. Peu de gens savent que le marché de l’art, à partir de 15000€ est dématérialisé depuis plus de 30 ans car ce seuil de prix détermine une œuvre parfaitement normalisée au regard de l’histoire et du marché de l’art. Moins de 3% des professionnels et collectionneurs d’art se déplacent lorsqu’on dépasse ce seuil critique de 15K€. Artprice a amené une contribution colossale à cette normalisation du marché de l’art, par sa Place de Marché Normalisée produite par les millions d’heures de travail de ses historiens, rédacteurs et ingénieurs.

7) Les nombreuses péripéties législatives qui ont abouti à la loi du 20/07/2011, puis, depuis début janvier 2012, les attaques surréalistes subies par Artprice, ont permis à celle-ci un buzz et une communication mondiale inégalés. Les différentes réponses judiciaires, économiques et médiatiques qu’Artprice va dérouler implacablement ne feront qu’amplifier le train de l’histoire qu’a pris Artprice avec une amplification de la communication et du buzz.

8) Il est évident que la terrible crise économique et financière qui affecte à minima le monde occidental fragilise durement l’économie traditionnelle du marché de l’art, c’est donc une opportunité historique pour qu’Artprice accélère sa Place de Marché Normalisée aux Enchères et à prix fixe. En effet, l’histoire du marché de l’art comme tous les marchés, tend naturellement à privilégier le circuit le plus rapide, le moins coûteux en terme de frais, le plus liquide et celui qui permet de trouver un prix de marché en temps réel avec une masse critique d’intervenants et, bien sur, une information transparente sur l’intégralité des prix et indices. La Place de Marché Normalisée d’Artprice répond exactement à ces cinq points. La grande force d’Artprice, dans cette crise historique, est que l’intégration de la Place de Marché Normalisée aux Enchères (réglementée par les alinéas 2 et 3 de l’article L 321.3 du code du commerce) n’entraîne aucune charge et investissements significatifs supplémentaire, ce qui, en temps de crise, est le nerf de la guerre.

9) Avec la quasi-disparition boursière des sociétés Internet intervenant sur l’Art et près de 4 500 sites Internet d’art qui ont fermé durant la crise démarrée en 2007, il n’existe à ce jour aucune autre place de marché aux enchères dans le monde conséquente en volume et en qualité, Artprice détenant de surcroît, en terme de droit suis generis (Droit de la Propriété Intellectuelle), l’originalité et le monopole de sa Place de Marché Normalisée.

Artprice invite ses actionnaires et le marché pour comprendre précisément cette révolution législative et historique de 5 siècles et l’impact sur Artprice à lire en 72 questions- réponses courtes et pédagogiques la synthèse des interviews juin/octobre 2011. Liens Internet ci joint sur Actusnews (Diffuseur Professionnel d’Information Réglementée autorisé par l’AMF):
http://www.actusnews.com/communique.php?ID=ACTUS-0-25687

Enfin, Artprice invite ses nouveaux et futurs actionnaires qui désirent connaître l’historique de la Société à prendre pleinement connaissance de son information réglementée et très détaillée dans son Document de référence Artprice 2010 déposé et en ligne, à l’A.M.F sous le numéro D.11-0784 depuis le 25 août 2011. Artprice, avec plus de 12 ans de communication réglementée à l’Eurolist, met un point d’honneur à produire toute l’information nécessaire aux professionnels des Marchés financiers, mais aussi aux néophytes du Marché de l’Art. Toutes les questions des 18 000 actionnaires d’Artprice trouvent systématiquement leurs réponses dans l’information réglementée d’Artprice qu’elle diffuse en ligne sur Internet sur son propre site et sur celui de son diffuseur, homologué par l’AMF, ActusNews.com .

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice est le leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 27 millions d’indices et résultats de ventes couvrant 450 000 Artistes. Artprice Images(R) permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 108 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens. Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 3 600 Maisons de ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 6300 titres de presse dans le monde. Artprice diffuse auprès de ses 1 300 000 membres (member log in), ses annonces, qui constituent désormais la première Place de Marché Normalisée® mondiale pour acheter et vendre des oeuvres d’Art (source Artprice).

Artprice est cotée sur Eurolist by Euronext Paris : Euroclear : 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters : ARTF

Sommaire des communiqués d’Artprice :
http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

Découvrir l’alchimie et l’univers d’Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video/
Suivre en temps réel toute l’actualité du Marché de l’art avec Artprice sur Twitter : http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Artprice refutes any emergency injunction from France’s auction market supervisor, the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires (CVV)

Artprice refutes any emergency injunction from France’s auction market supervisor, the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires (CVV)

Contrary to the CVV’s press release dated 6 January 2012 informing journalists that it was seeking an emergency injunction against Artprice, the company Artprice wishes to declare that no such procedure has been launched. To this day, Artprice has not received notification of any legal proceedings whatsoever regarding the forthcoming launch of its online brokerage service.

In fact, Artprice wishes to formally denounce the various erroneous interpretations that have resulted from that press release. As indicated by Artprice within hours of the CVV’s press release, courteous exchanges have taken place between Artprice and the CVV in the form of official letters. Artprice confirms that the contents of its response to the CVV’s press release of 6 January 2012 correspond perfectly to the calm and constructive discussions it has been engaged in with the CVV in recent days, and Artprice officially confirms the opening of its new online auction brokerage service conducted remotely via Internet (as described in paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article L321-3 of the French Code of Commerce) on 18 January 2012.

In the framework of its regulatory disclosures and in order to eliminate any misunderstanding, Artprice is re-posting (below) the press release it officially communicated on 6 January 2012, every point of which Artprice reiterates and confirms:

Artprice’s reply to the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires (French auction market supervisor)

Artprice discovered, first via the media and then via an email received from the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, the latter’s request that Artprice should clearly and unequivocally indicate to the public its quality as an electronic auction broker « d’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (in accordance with Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011) ». Considering our long, constructive and peaceful relations with the French auction market supervisory authority (Conseil des Ventes Volontaires), we believe that its reaction to the forthcoming launch of our online auction brokerage activity (18 January) is based on a misunderstanding that will be cleared up once it has examined our documentation and particularly the preventative measures we have taken to avoid confusion in this respect.

In the first instance, Artprice invites the financial markets, its shareholders, its1.3 million members and of course the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires to consult the financial documentation and press releases that Artprice has submitted to Actusnews, a special financial information website certified by the AMF (French Financial Markets Authority), and particularly the press release dated 1 January 2012 in which Artprice states in the very first line, without any shadow of ambiguity, that its new online activity is indeed an online auction brokerage activity (« opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique in accordance with Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011”).

In fact, in order to avoid any confusion between the different legal statuses and activities covered by Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011, Artprice has commissioned a court-appointed attorney to take all necessary steps to highlight the precautionary measures taken by Artprice via its regulated disclosures, the presentation on its website of its new activity, the General Conditions of Use published thereon and various other communication media, in order to avoid any confusion between Artprice’s activity (auction brokerage) and that of public auction sales.

Moreover, Artprice has taken the precautionary measure of translating into all the languages used by its website the key information concerning its new service and it has deliberately avoided translating the references to its legal status under Article 5 of the Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011 precisely in order to avoid any confusion or misinterpretation that could arise from an inappropriate translation of Artprice’s status under Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011 vis-à-vis the other legal statuses that govern public auction sales.

In conclusion, Thierry Ehrmann, CEO and founder of Artprice, declares that he is perfectly satisfied with the measures taken by Artprice and that Artprice will commence its online auction brokerage activity (opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique) on 18 January 2012 in accordance with Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011) and that the public will be able, as of Monday 9 January, to preview several thousand items advertised for sale at a broad range of prices, ranging from collectibles to museum-quality artworks. In total, Artprice has received ads representing roughly 700 million dollars in starting prices. As regards any legal discussions with the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris (Paris District Court), Artprice and its CEO believes that its will provide, through its lawyers Emmanuel Pierrat and Thierry Dumoulin, all the necessary elements to satisfy the parties concerned and to resolve the problem by eliminating any possible form of ambiguity.

It is clear that after nearly 500 years of monopolistic functioning, the auction market’s ambitious reform of 20 July 2011 (imposed by the European Directive Services) is bound to unsettle certain players in the market who are unaccustomed to free competitions environments.

Artprice cannot avoid the observation that having posted the best performance on the regulated French stock market (+ 472% since 1 January 2011) with a total volume of shares worth 873 million euros and a sliding annual progression of no less than 593% and 144 million euros of shares traded since 1 January 2012, it is naturally an object of envy and an attractive acquisition target for the historical players in the auction market who for reasons of conservatism have missed the train of History and of the Internet.

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice is the global leader in databank on Art prices and indices with more than 27 million indices and auction results covering 450,000 Artists. Artprice Images(R) gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million images or engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by Artprice’s art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 3,600 auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the main news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace® for buying and selling works of Art (source Artprice).

Artprice is listed on Eurolist by Euronext Paris: Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters: ARTF

List of Artprice press releases:
http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleaseen.htm

Discover alchemy and Artprice’s universe on http://web.artprice.com/video/

Follow all of the art market’s news with Artprice on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Contact: email: ir@artprice.com

Artprice dément l’assignation en référé par le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires


Artprice dément l’assignation en référé par le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires

Contrairement au communiqué de presse du 6 janvier 2012 émanant du Conseil des Ventes Volontaires qui informait les journalistes qu’une action judiciaire en référé était décidé à l’encontre d’Artprice, la société Artprice tient à démentir l’existence d’une telle procédure telle que décrite dans le communiqué de presse. Artprice est en mesure d’affirmer qu’il ne lui a jamais été signifié à ce jour le moindre acte judiciaire.

En effet, Artprice dénonce les multiples mauvaises interprétations naissant de ce communiqué de presse. Comme l’a indiqué Artprice dans les heures qui ont suivi le communiqué de presse du Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, des échanges courtois ont eu lieu entre Artprice et le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires par courriers officiels. Artprice est en mesure de confirmer que les termes de la réponse de son communiqué officiel du 6 janvier 2012 correspondent parfaitement au débat serein et constructif qu’elle a pu avoir ces derniers jours avec le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires et confirme officiellement l’ouverture de son nouveau service d’enchères en tant qu’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique, tel que définit par les alinéas 2 et 3 de l’article L321-3 du code du commerce, le 18 janvier 2012.

Dans le cadre de son information réglementée, Artprice, à des fins de bonne compréhension, vous invite à relire, ci-dessous, le communiqué qu’elle a officiellement diffusé le 6 janvier 2012 et dont elle réitère en tous points les termes :

Réponse d’Artprice au Conseil des Ventes Volontaires

Artprice a pris acte par voie de presse, puis par courrier électronique transmis par le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, d’une demande de ce dernier de bien vouloir faire figurer de manière claire et non équivoque au grand public sa qualité « d’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011) ». Artprice considère, compte tenu des longues relations constructives et paisibles qu’elle entretient avec le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, qu’il ne peut s’agir que d’un quiproquo où l’apaisement, au regard des pièces dont dispose Artprice et issues de mesures conservatoires, sera immédiat.

En effet, Artprice renvoie les marchés financiers, ses actionnaires, ses 1.3 millions membres et, bien évidemment, le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, à consulter l’ensemble de ses communiqués financiers déposés sur le site Actusnews, site homologué par l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers, et notamment le communiqué du 1er janvier 2012 où Artprice, dès la première ligne, fait état de manière explicite et sans l’ombre d’une ambiguïté de sa qualité de : « opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011) ».

De même, afin d’éviter toute forme de confusion entre les différents régimes et activités réglementés par la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011, Artprice a mandaté un Huissier de justice afin de prendre toutes mesures conservatoires démontrant toutes les précautions prises par Artprice, que ce soit au niveau de sa communication réglementée, au niveau de la présentation de sa nouvelle prestation sur son site, au niveau de ses conditions générales d’utilisations, au niveau de ses moyens de communication… pour qu’aucune confusion soit faite entre l’activité d’Artprice (opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique) et celles relatives aux ventes aux enchères publiques.

Artprice a pris la précaution de traduire en toutes les langues disponibles sur son site l’essentiel des informations sur cette nouvelle prestation exception faite de son statut tel que définit par l’article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011 afin qu’aucune confusion ou mauvaise traduction soit faite sur le statut d’Artprice tel que le prévoit l’article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011 et les autres statuts qui eux régissent les ventes aux enchères publiques.

En conclusion, Thierry EHRMANN, P.D.G. d’Artprice, déclare qu’il est parfaitement serein, Artprice démarrera bien ses enchères en ligne le 18 janvier 2012 en sa qualité d’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011) et que, bien évidemment, le grand public découvrira, dès le lundi 9 janvier, en pré-visualisation, plusieurs milliers de lots comportant une gamme de prix très large allant de l’objet de curiosité jusqu’à des pièces de qualité muséale. Cet ensemble représente environ 700 millions de mises à prix. Concernant le débat judiciaire devant le TGI de Paris, Artprice et son Président considèrent, d’ores et déjà, qu’ils amèneront, par le ministère de Me Emmanuel PIERRAT et Me Thierry DUMOULIN, tous les éléments nécessaires pour apaiser les parties concernées et rendre le débat serein en anéantissant toute forme d’ambiguïté possible.

Il est vrai qu’avec près de 500 ans de monopole, l’ambitieuse réforme des ventes aux enchères du 20 juillet 2011, imposée par le Directive Services européenne, est de nature à ébranler certains acteurs du marché qui ne sont pas encore coutumiers du jeu de la libre concurrence.

Artprice ne peut s’empêcher de constater, qu’après avoir été la meilleure performance boursière française sur le marché réglementé avec + 472 % depuis le 1er/01/11 avec un volume traité de 873 millions d’euros, et une progression sur une année mobile de 593 % avec 144 millions d’euros traités depuis le 1/01/12, qu’elle génère bien des convoitises de la part d’acteurs historiques qui, pour des raisons de conservatisme, ont laissé passé le train de l’Histoire et de l’Internet.

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice est le leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 27 millions d’indices et résultats de ventes couvrant 450 000 Artistes. Artprice Images(R) permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 108 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens. Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 3 600 Maisons de ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 6300 titres de presse dans le monde. Artprice diffuse auprès de ses 1 300 000 membres (member log in), ses annonces, qui constituent désormais la première Place de Marché Normalisée® mondiale pour acheter et vendre des oeuvres d’Art (source Artprice).

Artprice est cotée sur Eurolist by Euronext Paris : Euroclear : 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters : ARTF

Sommaire des communiqués d’Artprice :
http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

Découvrir l’alchimie et l’univers d’Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video/

Suivre en temps réel toute l’actualité du Marché de l’art avec Artprice sur Twitter :
http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Contact: e-mail: ir@artprice.com

Artprice’s reply to the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires (French auction market supervisor)

Artprice discovered, first via the media and then via an email received from the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, the latter’s request that Artprice should clearly and unequivocally indicate to the public its quality as an electronic auction broker « d’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (in accordance with Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011) ». Considering our long, constructive and peaceful relations with the French auction market supervisory authority (Conseil des Ventes Volontaires), we believe that its reaction to the forthcoming launch of our online auction brokerage activity (18 January) is based on a misunderstanding that will be cleared up once it has examined our documentation and particularly the preventative measures we have taken to avoid confusion in this respect.

In the first instance, Artprice invites the financial markets, its shareholders, its1.3 million members and of course the Conseil des Ventes Volontaires to consult the financial documentation and press releases that Artprice has submitted to Actusnews, a special financial information website certified by the AMF (French Financial Markets Authority), and particularly the press release dated 1 January 2012 in which Artprice states in the very first line, without any shadow of ambiguity, that its new online activity is indeed an online auction brokerage activity (« opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique in accordance with Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011”).

In fact, in order to avoid any confusion between the different legal statuses and activities covered by Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011, Artprice has commissioned a court-appointed attorney to take all necessary steps to highlight the precautionary measures taken by Artprice via its regulated disclosures, the presentation on its website of its new activity, the General Conditions of Use published thereon and various other communication media, in order to avoid any confusion between Artprice’s activity (auction brokerage) and that of public auction sales.

Moreover, Artprice has taken the precautionary measure of translating into all the languages used by its website the key information concerning its new service and it has deliberately avoided translating the references to its legal status under Article 5 of the Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011 precisely in order to avoid any confusion or misinterpretation that could arise from an inappropriate translation of Artprice’s status under Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011 vis-à-vis the other legal statuses that govern public auction sales.

In conclusion, Thierry Ehrmann, CEO and founder of Artprice, declares that he is perfectly satisfied with the measures taken by Artprice and that Artprice will commence its online auction brokerage activity (opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique) on 18 January 2012 in accordance with Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011) and that the public will be able, as of Monday 9 January, to preview several thousand items advertised for sale at a broad range of prices, ranging from collectibles to museum-quality artworks. In total, Artprice has received ads representing roughly 700 million dollars in starting prices. As regards any legal discussions with the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris (Paris District Court), Artprice and its CEO believes that its will provide, through its lawyers Emmanuel Pierrat and Thierry Dumoulin, all the necessary elements to satisfy the parties concerned and to resolve the problem by eliminating any possible form of ambiguity.

It is clear that after nearly 500 years of monopolistic functioning, the auction market’s ambitious reform of 20 July 2011 (imposed by the European Directive Services) is bound to unsettle certain players in the market who are unaccustomed to free competitions environments.

Artprice cannot avoid the observation that having posted the best performance on the regulated French stock market (+ 472% since 1 January 2011) with a total volume of shares worth 873 million euros and a sliding annual progression of no less than 593% and 144 million euros of shares traded since 1 January 2012, it is naturally an object of envy and an attractive acquisition target for the historical players in the auction market who for reasons of conservatism have missed the train of History and of the Internet.

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice is the global leader in databank on Art prices and indices with more than 27 million indices and auction results covering 450,000 Artists. Artprice Images(R) gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million images or engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by Artprice’s art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 3,600 auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the main news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace® for buying and selling works of Art (source Artprice).

Artprice is listed on Eurolist by Euronext Paris: Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters: ARTF

List of Artprice press releases:
http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

Discover alchemy and Artprice’s universe on http://web.artprice.com/video/
Follow all of the art market’s news with Artprice on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Réponse d’Artprice au Conseil des Ventes Volontaires

Réponse d’Artprice au Conseil des Ventes Volontaires

Artprice a pris acte par voie de presse, puis par courrier électronique transmis par le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, d’une demande de ce dernier de bien vouloir faire figurer de manière claire et non équivoque au grand public sa qualité « d’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011) ». Artprice considère, compte tenu des longues relations constructives et paisibles qu’elle entretient avec le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, qu’il ne peut s’agir que d’un quiproquo où l’apaisement, au regard des pièces dont dispose Artprice et issues de mesures conservatoires, sera immédiat.

En effet, Artprice renvoie les marchés financiers, ses actionnaires, ses 1.3 millions membres et, bien évidemment, le Conseil des Ventes Volontaires, à consulter l’ensemble de ses communiqués financiers déposés sur le site Actusnews, site homologué par l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers, et notamment le communiqué du 1er janvier 2012 où Artprice, dès la première ligne, fait état de manière explicite et sans l’ombre d’une ambiguïté de sa qualité de : « opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011) ».

De même, afin d’éviter toute forme de confusion entre les différents régimes et activités réglementés par la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011, Artprice a mandaté un Huissier de justice afin de prendre toutes mesures conservatoires démontrant toutes les précautions prises par Artprice, que ce soit au niveau de sa communication réglementée, au niveau de la présentation de sa nouvelle prestation sur son site, au niveau de ses conditions générales d’utilisations, au niveau de ses moyens de communication… pour qu’aucune confusion soit faite entre l’activité d’Artprice (opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique) et celles relatives aux ventes aux enchères publiques.

Artprice a pris la précaution de traduire en toutes les langues disponibles sur son site l’essentiel des informations sur cette nouvelle prestation exception faite de son statut tel que définit par l’article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011 afin qu’aucune confusion ou mauvaise traduction soit faite sur le statut d’Artprice tel que le prévoit l’article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011 et les autres statuts qui eux régissent les ventes aux enchères publiques.

En conclusion, Thierry EHRMANN, P.D.G. d’Artprice, déclare qu’il est parfaitement serein, Artprice démarrera bien ses enchères en ligne le 18 janvier 2012 en sa qualité d’opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique (article 5 de la loi n° 2011-850 du 20 juillet 2011) et que, bien évidemment, le grand public découvrira, dès le lundi 9 janvier, en pré-visualisation, plusieurs milliers de lots comportant une gamme de prix très large allant de l’objet de curiosité jusqu’à des pièces de qualité muséale. Cet ensemble représente environ 700 millions de mises à prix. Concernant le débat judiciaire devant le TGI de Paris, Artprice et son Président considèrent, d’ores et déjà, qu’ils amèneront, par le ministère de Me Emmanuel PIERRAT et Me Thierry DUMOULIN, tous les éléments nécessaires pour apaiser les parties concernées et rendre le débat serein en anéantissant toute forme d’ambiguïté possible.

Il est vrai qu’avec près de 500 ans de monopole, l’ambitieuse réforme des ventes aux enchères du 20 juillet 2011, imposée par le Directive Services européenne, est de nature à ébranler certains acteurs du marché qui ne sont pas encore coutumiers du jeu de la libre concurrence.

Artprice ne peut s’empêcher de constater, qu’après avoir été la meilleure performance boursière française sur le marché réglementé avec + 472 % depuis le 1er/01/11 avec un volume traité de 873 millions d’euros, et une progression sur une année mobile de 593 % avec 144 millions d’euros traités depuis le 1/01/12, qu’elle génère bien des convoitises de la part d’acteurs historiques qui, pour des raisons de conservatisme, ont laissé passé le train de l’Histoire et de l’Internet.

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 thierry Ehrmann

Artprice est le leader mondial des banques de données sur la cotation et les indices de l’Art avec plus de 27 millions d’indices et résultats de ventes couvrant 450 000 Artistes. Artprice Images(R) permet un accès illimité au plus grand fonds du Marché de l’Art au monde, bibliothèque constituée de 108 millions d’images ou gravures d’oeuvres d’Art de 1700 à nos jours commentées par ses historiens. Artprice enrichit en permanence ses banques de données en provenance de 3 600 Maisons de ventes et publie en continu les tendances du Marché de l’Art pour les principales agences et 6300 titres de presse dans le monde. Artprice diffuse auprès de ses 1 300 000 membres (member log in), ses annonces, qui constituent désormais la première Place de Marché Normalisée® mondiale pour acheter et vendre des oeuvres d’Art (source Artprice).

Artprice est cotée sur Eurolist by Euronext Paris : Euroclear : 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters : ARTF

Sommaire des communiqués d’Artprice :
http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

Découvrir l’alchimie et l’univers d’Artprice http://web.artprice.com/video/
Suivre en temps réel toute l’actualité du Marché de l’art avec Artprice sur Twitter : http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Contact: Josette Mey – tel: +33(0)478-220-000, e-mail: ir@artprice.com

Artprice Launches its Online Auctions

Artprice Launches its Online Auctions

PARIS, January 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

As announced in previous press releases, Artprice, with its 1.3 million members in more than 90 countries, and in its capacity as an online auction broker (« opérateur de courtage aux enchères réalisées à distance par voie électronique », Article 5 of French Law no. 2011-850 of 20 July 2011) will be launching its online auctions service on 18 January 2012.

Since 27 December 2011, Artprice members have been able to prepare their ads in order to gain the maximum benefit from the visibility of Artprice’s global launch campaign. For further information please visit: http://web.artprice.com/classifieds/info?l=en

Although more than 90% of the art market was closed between Christmas and the New Year, Artprice has already registered several thousand lots for sale. Our initial client feedback suggests that users find the service very quick and simple to use.

According to Thierry Ehrmann, the founder and CEO of Artprice, « The train of History is now definitively rolling and Artprice is on that train, which nothing can stop from now on. It took twelve years and lots of patience and conviction to pursue a legal battle against a 500 year-old monopoly that is today demolished. » Breaking this monopoly is a victory for Artprice; but it is also beneficial to France, which has been losing its attractiveness as an art market for over 40 years, slipping from the first to the fourth position, and which, this year, with the help of Artprice, can hope to recover a position worthy of its tradition and its influence on the art market.

On Monday 2 January 2012, Artprice launched a global campaign in art and financial media, focused on the USA, Europe and Asia, alongside a « viral marketing » campaign on the Internet.

On Monday 9 January 2012, Artprice will start the presentation of lots to be auctioned in chronological harmony with the art market which, every year, kicks off in the second week of January.

A level of security rarely attained on the Internet.

Our alliance with Escrow.com, the global leader in the management of escrow accounts, provides a 100% guarantee of security and payment for the parties to all transactions. The service provided by Escrow.com has been specifically tailored to meet all of Artprice’s rigorous requirements. Artprice’s capacity to offer 100% transaction security relies on its excellent knowledge of the digital economy and developments in the fields of information technology and Internet law. Indeed, we can affirm with complete confidence that the security of Artprice’s online auctions and other services is greater than that offered by traditional auctions and non-internet transactions.

Artprice works on the fundamental principle of perfectly identified members and, via an agreement with INTERPOL, buyers can access at any moment the latter’s international Stolen Works of Art database to check if a work being offered for sale is subject to any legal dispute or search warrant.

Unlike certain well-known general online auction companies, Artprice imposes a permanent legal presence on its clientele to ensure the smooth operation of its online auction brokerage activities via its Standardised Marketplace. Artprice’s contacts over the past 5 years with approximately 70 criminal investigation departments around the world has allowed Artprice to build an unrivalled level of Internet confidence that is strengthened by its constant collaboration with artists, beneficiaries and experts.

The real strength of Artprice is its use of an escrow and payment release system for which Artprice has conceptualised all possible legal scenarios to ensure that completed transactions are legally irreversible and to provide a level of security rarely attained in the Internet sphere. This escrow system functions on exactly the same principle as that used by solicitors and lawyers for various kinds of transactions.

The very low commissions charged by Artprice completely alter the dynamic of the art market.

Art professionals, collectors and beneficiaries will be inexorably drawn to use Artprice’s service because its low commissions modify the fundamental reality of the secondary art market. Its rates decrease from 9% to 5% depending on the value (in USD) of the transaction: 9% from 0 to 7,500 dollars; 7% from 7,500.01 to 15,000 dollars and 5% for transactions over 15,000.01 dollars. According to Thierry Ehrmann, the 5% rate for works offered at over 15,000.01 euros could attract entire sections of the Art market to this modus operandi because works in that price bracket are perfectly standardised and have been bought and sold for nearly 30 years, almost always « remotely », in view of the legal documents that vendors are obliged to produce on Artprice.

In parallel, Artprice is setting up white labels for major players in the art market, notably Auction Houses, that will use Artprice and its Standardised Marketplace as their technical host for online auctions, thereby providing Artprice – which is not an auctioneer – with another source of income.

Artprice is therefore open to demand from over 3,600 client and partner auctioneers and more than 7,400 art valuers who have already concretely manifested their vital need to join Artprice’s standardised marketplace in order to maintain their positions in the global art market and survive the necessary transition to a dematerialised art auction environment.

Internet, and more generally the digital revolution, has literally destroyed the global mono-economy of physical auction rooms, which today are just one channel for auctioneers to use and which -usually located in city centres- either represent an expensive (and now superfluous) rental cost or an under-exploited real estate asset.

In the context of a deeper than ever global economic and financial crisis, Artprice has once again -as in 2008- observed a very sharp increase in the number of works offered for sale through its Standardised Marketplace, with an acceleration of buy-to-sell operations. We can therefore assume that auction sales will follow the same growth path. Indeed, we are of the view that the economic and financial crisis represents a strong growth opportunity for Artprice’s Standardised Marketplace.

In fact, the history of the art market – like all markets – is naturally heading towards the circuits that are the fastest, the least expensive, the most liquid, where the price can be obtained in real-time and where there is a critical mass of participants with – of course – access to transparent information on all prices and indices.

Artprice’s Standardised Marketplace meets these five specific and vital needs for a modern market. Artprice, with its completely toll-free access model for its Standardised Marketplace, is absorbing the global market of private art sales faster than initially expected. With our extremely attractive rates we now expect to see the same pace of growth with our online auction service.

Over nearly 7 years Artprice has seen exponential growth of the offer on its Standardised Marketplace (the annual figures are available in Artprice’s 2010 Registration Document and online at the AMF under number D.11-0784 since 25 August 2011). In 2010, Artprice confirmed a total volume of artworks offered worth nearly 6.3 billion euros with a sales rate of approximately one third, for which Artprice received no commission.

We should point out that only Artprice holds and protects, as intellectual property, the entire process for joining the Standardised Marketplace® and for side-stepping the traditional system of physical auction rooms. Indeed, the situation may justifiably be compared to the old Stock Exchanges before the arrival of the ECNs (Electronic Communication Network) that made the outcry halls redundant on the majority of the world’s major stock markets, primarily by reducing the intermediation costs.

Art… a veritable safe haven investment in times of major crisis.

The economic and business media (Le Monde, The New York Times, the F.T. the A.F.P., Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.) regularly indicate that quality art represents a genuine safe haven in major crises. Artprice, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and the major international auctioneers also confirm the safe haven status of artworks (c.f. the Agefi’s interview with Artprice). In fact, despite the sombre economic and financial global context in 2011, the global art market posted extremely positive figures both in terms of volumes and prices in all countries, and numerous artists in Artprice’s global Top 500 posted new records.

This confidence is manifest on all continents. Like gold, artworks have for centuries been defensive investments in major crises and particularly in the context of sharp meltdowns in financial asset values such as those that the global economy is likely to continue experiencing in 2012/2013.

Artprice will soon be announcing alliances that will allow a presence on all continents with local partners.

The future of Artprice in 2012 and of the Art Market is unavoidably linked to Asia.

Artprice was the first press agent in the world to announce and certify figures in 2011 showing that China had unquestionably become the world’s leading art marketplace ahead of the USA in 2011. Artprice’s figures for 2011 have already confirmed China’s domination of the global art market for the second consecutive year.

There is therefore an irresistible logic to Artprice’s patient preparation for the opening of its subsidiary and clean rooms in Hong Kong that will be a testing ground for the People’s Republic of China and an entry point for Asia. Hong Kong is already one of the top five global art marketplaces. Likewise, agreements with major players such as online auction operators and major Asian art fairs will allow Artprice to extend the diffusion initiated in 2011 of its Asia-specific art market reports, country by country. As a simple example, Singapore should soon overtake France in the field of Contemporary Art sales. In this context Artprice and Art Stage Singapore, Asia’s largest Contemporary Art Fair (along with Art HK), have decided to intensify their editorial partnership and their marketing strategy in 2012. Artprice will also be a strategic partner with Art HK (Hong Kong).

The Internet’s absolute domination of the art market in 2012.

In 2012 Internet is therefore just a simple extension of the 1980s telephonic order with, in addition, a perfect reproduction of the work for the buyer and Artprice’s remarkable success is proof of this…. there remained therefore a final step and indeed the hardest step: the standardisation of the marketplace that Artprice has achieved in 14 years by imposing its unique and free standard via its Standardised Marketplace®.

From 1987 to 2004, Artprice’s databanks became the reference in this area and made Artprice the global leader in standardised art market information before it turned to the problem of market dematerialisation. This latter project fully exploits the standardisation represented by its 18 databases, fed by acquisitions around the world of publishers and art archives.

All of the industrial processes forming Artprice’s databanks are patent protected, notably by the A.P.P. (Agence de Protection des Programmes). These industrial processes standardise the Art Market (artist ID, work ID, catalogue raisonné ID, bibliography ID, estimate/econometric info ID.) with more than 180 million data entries and proprietary indices.

This globally unique knowledge is clearly explained in Artprice’s corporate video in five languages: http://web.artprice.com/video/

Artprice posted the best French stock market progression in 2011 and has filed a request for admission to compartment B of Euronext Paris.

Despite the crisis affecting stock market’s, Artprice’s share price outperformed in 2011 with an astonishing increase of +472% since 1 January 2011, on the back of a traded volume of approximately 873 million euros, i.e. an average daily volume of 3.2 million euros. This increase was the best performance on the regulated French Eurolist by Euronext markets (compartments A, B, C).

As Artprice satisfied all the admission criteria for admission to Compartment B in 2011, it is preparing its admission request for registration on compartment B of Eurolist to be filed with the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF) along with the presentation of its candidacy to the NYSE Euronext Scientific Committee for Indices to be included in the indices relating to Compartment B.

In order to understand the legislative evolution of the art market over five centuries and the impact of recent changes on Artprice, we invite our shareholders and the market to read the 72 short and pedagogical questions and answers that form the basis of the interviews conducted in June and October of 2011. Hyperlinks to Actusnews (a professional regulated information provider licensed by the AMF): http://www.actusnews.com/communique.php?ID=ACTUS-0-25689

Lastly, Artprice invites its new and future shareholders who would like to acquaint themselves with the history of the Company to consult its highly detailed regulated information in its 2010 Registration Document filed and online at the AMF under D.11-0784 since 25 August 2011. Artprice, with more than 12 years of regulated disclosure on Eurolist, is proud of the high quality of the information it provides to financial market professionals and art market novices. All the questions of Artprice’s 18,000 shareholders are systematically answered in Artprice’s regulated disclosures that its posts online on its own website and on that of its AMF-authorised financial information provider, ActusNews.com.

Source: http://www.artprice.com (c)1987-2012 Thierry Ehrmann

Artprice is the global leader in databank on Art prices and indices with more than 27 million indices and auction results covering 450,000 Artists. Artprice Images(R) gives unlimited access to the largest Art Market resource in the world, a library of 108 million images or engravings of artworks from 1700 to the present day along with comments by Artprice’s art historians. Artprice permanently enriches its databanks with information from 3,600 auctioneers and publishes a constant flow of art market trends for the main news agencies and 6,300 international written media. For its 1.3 million members (member log in), Artprice posts standardized adverts in what is today the world’s leading Standardised Marketplace® for buying and selling works of Art (source Artprice).

Artprice is listed on Eurolist by Euronext Paris: Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg : PRC – Reuters: ARTF

List of Artprice press releases: http://serveur.serveur.com/press_release/pressreleasefr.htm

Discover alchemy and Artprice’s universe on http://web.artprice.com/video/

Follow all of the art market’s news with Artprice on Twitter: http://twitter.com/artpricedotcom/

Contact: Josette Mey – tel: +33(0)478-220-000, email: ir@artprice.com

Alerte Info : Artprice propose maintenant les ventes aux enchères en ligne

Saisissez vos lots dès maintenant pour bénéficier au maximum de la visibilité de notre campagne mondiale de lancement ! Les enchères commencent le 18 janvier 2012.

Plus d’info >>> http://web.artprice.com/classifieds/info?l=fr

Cordialement

thierry Ehrmann
Fondateur Artprice

LEADER MONDIAL DE L’INFORMATION SUR LE MARCHE DE L’ART

Artprice est coté à Euronext Paris (Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters: ARTF) – Artprice filiale de Groupe serveur

Breaking News: Artprice launches online auctions

Breaking News: Artprice launches online auctions

List your lots for auction now to fully take advantage of our worldwide campaign announcing the grand opening of online auctions! Biddings start on 18 January 2012.

More info >>> http://web.artprice.com/classifieds/info?l=en

Best regards

thierry Ehrmann
Artprice founder

THE WORLD LEADER IN ART MARKET INFORMATION
Artprice is listed on Eurolist by Euronext Paris (Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters: ARTF) – A company of Groupe serveur
1987-2011
© thierry Ehrmann