Speaker(s): Jane Borthwick, Claire Brown, Susannah Wilson

The History and Mystery of Prices in the Art World


Are we in the midst of an art world bubble? Experts will delve into the quantifiable aspects of the art world and discuss the more enigmatic forces at play.

As record-breaking auction prices grow less and less surprising, investors, collectors, and the media alike continue to fuel growth for the foreseeable future. Using price information from the mid 80’s through today, we will delve into the quantifiable aspects of the art world and discuss the more enigmatic forces at play.

Attendees of this session will learn about:

  • The dynamics of pricing artwork in both primary and secondary markets
  • The importance of researching prices before buying art at galleries, auctions, or online
  • Recent trends in realized prices and lessons from history


Jane Borthwick

Jane Borthwick is the Managing Director of Ronald Varney Fine Art Advisors. As a trusted art advisor and strategist, she specializes in the management of diverse and specialized collections. Jane advises families, private collectors, foundations and museums in creating strategies for initiating, building or dispersing art collections. She has handled the marketing and sales plans for the...

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Claire Brown

Claire Brown is Associate of Business Development at Winston Art Group, the largest independent art appraisal and advisory firm in the United States. Winston Art Group assists clients with appraisals for all purposes, advises clients on buying and selling works of art, and handles the management of clients’ collections. Winston Art Group’s 75 specialists cover all areas of fine and...

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Susannah Wilson

Susannah Wilson joined artnet in 2013 as the Director of Strategy, where she combines her expertise in the worlds of art and business. Previously, she earned her Honors Bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University and has experience in all sectors of the art market, including galleries, auction houses, and museums. She also spent three years at a boutique...

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