Sotheby’s announced that it has reached $2.5 billion in sales volume thus far in 2020 following the close of its summer auctions. The amount marks a 25 percent decrease from the same period in 2019, when the global total was $3.3 billion. This year, the auction house made $1.2 billion in sales across its New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Geneva locations during the two-month period in which it hosted its two live-streamed global auctions. Of that sum, $575 million was made through private sales, with the remainder of the total coming from sales conducted before the pandemic.
The decline in overall volume was despite a sharp rise in online sales, which grew 540 percent when compared to the same period in 2019. The firm has held more than 180 online auctions this year to date which brought in more than $285 million, an amount three times higher than the total for all of 2019. Asian collectors were also a considerable presence, bringing in $450 million so far this year and accounting for 20 percent of new buyers and bidders.
Charles Stewart, Sotheby’s CEO, said in a press release: