Sotheby’s announces a slight drop in sales in 2023 in the face of a demanding market

The renowned auction house Sotheby’s recently announced a slight decline in sales for the year 2023, following an exceptional year in 2022. This slowdown, attributed to a more demanding market environment, has not, however, eclipsed the significant contribution of the luxury sector to the company’s overall sales.


In a statement released on Monday, the auction house owned by French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, announced a slight decrease in sales for the year 2023, amounting to $7.9 billion. This follows a record year in 2022, when the company achieved sales of $8 billion.


Sotheby’s attributed this slight decline to a “more difficult market context”. However, the luxury sector stood out, contributing $2.5 billion to overall sales.


Total sales of $7.9 billion encompassed a variety of categories, from art to classic car auctions, recording a slight 0.8% decline on 2022 but up 40% on 2019, the last year before the pandemic.


“Activity remained high, underpinned by the increase in intergenerational wealth transfers and satisfactory auction results,” notes Sotheby’s CEO Charles Stewart, however.


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Featured photo : ©Sotheby’s/Micha Patault

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Hugues Reydellet
Hugues Reydellet is a young and passionate journalist whose favorite subjects are economy, culture, gastronomy, but also cars, and sports. With a sharp pen and an insatiable curiosity, Hugues is constantly on the lookout for new hot information to report.

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