Art auctions are the most thrilling battlefield for the Art market. Art auctions attract thousands of buyers every year, as prices range from a few hundreds dollars for ceramics or prints, to the $106.5 million paid for a Picasso in May 2010. But Art auctions could be also a good way either to discover previously unknown artists or to know a bit more about the masters. In fact, the most important auctions houses often exhibit a selection of artworks that is comparable to the most important exhibitions held by the most respected Art museums.
The two most important auction houses in the world are Sotheby's (founded 1744) and Christie's (founded 1766), both having offices in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. Today, Sotheby's and Christie's control more than 90% of the world's art auctions.
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