The all lot price balance continued to edge up in the final quarter of 2009, with 17 percent more surveyors reporting rising rather than falling prices, up from 14 percent in the previous quarter; this was the highest since the first three months of the year.
Silver and jewellery remain the strongest sectors with 50 percent and 37 percent of surveyors reporting rising rather than falling prices in these categories respectively. These are traditionally seen as safe havens for investors, but their continuing strength can be attributed to the increased scrappage value of precious metals towards the end of the year.
Reversing four quarters of falling prices, the contemporary art market experienced a resurgence during the final three months of 2009. The balance of surveyors reporting rising rather than falling prices was 6 percent, the first positive reading since Q3 2008, and up from -34 the previous quarter.
In the oil and watercolour subsector, 5 percent more surveyors reported
rising rather than falling prices with the top end of the market fairing
particular well. For lots over
Looking ahead, the outlook for both supply and demand remains strongly positive, however confidence slipped back slightly from previous quarter.
"Arts and antiques have remained pretty resilient throughout the recession and this latest survey once again demonstrates their strength as an investment class. It is interesting to see the contemporary market improve, although whether this is a temporary improvement following the Frieze art fair last October or a more solid turnaround remains to be seen.
However it is clear that more traditional 'safe haven' items are still the preferred lots. As gold prices remained strong at the tail end of the 2009, the market witnessed heightened activity in precious metals and the demand for quality pieces was particularly noticeable in the salesrooms. "
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RICS Arts & Antiques market survey
Published quarterly, the RICS Arts and Antiques Survey measures surveyor confidence in the general arts and antiques market and in certain sub-sectors including gold and silver, furniture, pictures, ceramics and clocks.
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