Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

International Auction Houses Bullish On China Market

Bonhams CEO Singles Out China Among The Brightest Prospects For Future Auctions

A new interview with Malcolm Barber, CEO and group managing director of international auction house Bonhams, just caught my eye. Barber discusses his experience at the auction house over the years, noting trends and unique examples of the unpredictable auction market, and points out his predictions for his auction house’s long-term international prospects. Barber is optimistic that emerging auction markets like Dubai and China will continue to drive growth and demand, both in traditional luxury goods and more dynamic fields, such as contemporary art. Barber discusses the current state of auctions, and the exceptional growth his auction house has seen in China in recent years and expects to continue to see:

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The Power Of Jewelry In The Chinese Market

Buying Trends Indicate Wealthy Chinese Looking For Long-Term Value, Asset Classes That Outpace Inflation

China is a huge and growing market for Sotheby's and other auction houses

China is a huge and growing market for Sotheby's and other auction houses

JCK looks back at the recent Sotheby’s jewelry auction that took place in Hong Kong, reflecting that the runaway success of luxury goods classes like jewelry/diamonds at that auction shows that Chinese buyers — who were the overwhelming majority in this instance — are continuing to invest in assets that will hold sustainable value. Seeing how these same buyers were more interested in diamonds than Chinese jadeite — which does not have as sophisticated resale markets — it seems pretty obvious that wealthy Mainland Chinese are supplanting the historical role of Hong Kong Chinese as mass buyers of luxury asset classes. This carries over in all classes, recently, from fine wines and watches to automobiles and contemporary Chinese artwork.

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