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Art History and Visual Arts

Searching for Auction Catalogs

Some subject headings:

  • book auctions
  • art auctions
  • auction catalogs (not common)
  • sotheby's (firm) --catalogs
  • christie, manson & woods international inc -- catalogs


  • subject:  manuscripts--catalogs AND keyword: auction
  • subject: sotheby's AND keyword islamic
  • subject: christie AND keyword: manuscript

  • Tip: use * to capture various forms of the term, as in Sotheby*.  Auction house names may change over time, and a branch of a house in a different country may have a slightly different name.

Auction Catalogs and Sales

Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources is an excellent starting point for researching art markets.