FAQS – Frequently asked questions

What is an AMR Index?
An AMR Index is a measure of market sentiment for a wide range of art, antiques and collectibles traded at auction since 1975. Auction sales data, being rich due to the number of transactions, offer an unbiased assessment of the value of artworks at the point of sale, as the hammer price exceeds the maximum willingness to pay of all bidders except (perhaps) the buyer.
How does AMR collect its data?

Transactions on Art, Antiques and Collectibles are recorded from auction houses worldwide and updated to AMR’s database every month. Data analysts with specialist knowledge of art history, then categorise each individual lot into Painting (unique two-dimensional works), Sculpture, Photographs and Sculpture. For Antiques and Collectibles, we work with industry experts in each field to value a ‘basket of goods’ and update prices once or twice yearly.

What is the Revaluation tool?

Art Market Research’s indexes help you work out how much a work of art or antique could be worth on the open market today. If you know how much an item cost in the past, AMR’s revaluation tool will help you confidently estimate current values.

You can find the revaluation tool on every chart, along with a table with individual indices used to drive the valuation including the number of auction lots.

Why are AMR's indices considered a benchmark ?
Founder, Robin Duthy, a financial analyst in the City of London, published the first reference books on alternative investments. Alternative Investment (1978), followed by The Successful Investor (1986) were best-sellers in the UK and USA. In 1999, Duthy pioneered the first web application for his Art Market Indices and artmarketresearch.com was adopted by the UK Inland Revenue’s Shares and Asset Valuations department to be used in determining fair market value on non-wasting chattels. Duthy’s indexes have appeared regularly in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and many others.
Does AMR charge customers for access?

Yes. AMR offers quarterly or annual subscriptions so clients have hassle-free access to the indexes they need. The cost of subscription depends on the number of people in a company who require access and the number of indexes they create. With a quarterly subscription, you can also request up to three customised indexes with components of your choice.

If you are interested in one or two indexes, we can create these for you. Contact us for pricing.

Is there a discount for students?
Students with proof of status are eligible for a discount. Please contact us with details of your requirements.
Which formats are available for download?
You can print AMR’s indexes in PDF format or download the indices in CSV format. You can also download the component lists of the group indexes into an Excel sheet.
What if I can’t find the artist I’m looking for?
We can only create indexes for Artists whose works exchange hands regularly at auction. If you would like to know about an artist who doesn’t appear at auction very often, you may find him or her in one of the many group indexes we offer. If you still can’t find the artist you are looking for, we can offer advice on the formulation of a new group index.
Does AMR track private sales?

AMR gathers only non-proprietary data published by auction houses. Private sales are not included in our data sets.

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