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Collecting and Provenance Research: Sale information


The Getty Provenance Index Databases

This vast collection of digital records is expanded and enriched on a regular basis. The quantity and scope of research material that is available varies by region, period, and type of document.

Archival Inventories

Sales Catalogs

Dealer Stock Books

Payments to Artists

Public Collections


Current sale information


Sales by Auction. Print made by George Cruikshank, 1819. 


Online auction results

Invaluable: (Formerly ArtFact) Fee-based resource covering the fine and decorative arts 1986-present. Includes 6 million records from over 2000 auction houses. A simple search retrieves information (auction house, date, artist, title) but an account must be purchased to see results.

Artnet: Fee-based resource covering the fine arts 1985-present. Includes 2.9 million records from 500+ auction houses. Available at the YCBA Reference Library

Artprice: Fee-based resource covering the fine arts 1700-present. Includes 21 million records from 2,900 auction houses. Very little information is accessible without an account.

AskART: Fee-based resource covering the fine arts in America from the early 16th century-present.

ArtFact: Now called Invaluable.

Print resources

Art Sales Index: 1982-present. Available at the YCBA Reference Library

Gorden's Print Price Annual: 1978-present. Available at the YCBA Reference Library

Photography Price index: 1995-present.

ADEC (Annuaire des Cotes): 1988-present.

World Collectors Annuary: 1946-present. Available at the HAAS Library