Auction price databases

2018-10-26 13:12:24
There are multiple auction price data providers on the market. These providers offer access to their price databases at very different prices and comparing the different subscriptions is not easy as the pricing is sometimes not very transparent.

Hence the question arises: Do you actually get more for paying more? I compiled the following table so that collectors, art lovers, appraisers, auctioneers, researchers and everybody else that wants to know how much a work of art is worth, can find the provider that suits their need the best. Many of the providers offer extensive features that others don't.
I hence focused this comparison table on the following core features:

1. The Size and scope of the realised auction price database
2. Features: Can upcoming auctions be searched as well? Is there an E-Mail Alert for upcoming auctions? Is there an artist directory? Are additional decision support tools offered (analysis tools, summery statistics etc.)?
3. What core features can be accessed for free?
4. What is the price for the cheapest subscription offered? (note: if the cheapest subscription does not offer free access to the database I tried to add the price of the subscription that does)
5. What kind of features are included in the cheapest subscription offer?

I ranked the companies on a scale from 1 to 3 (1 being the best) for all categories and added an average rank in the end. All data was collected on the same day. I hope the data is correct. Please double check before subscribing to one of these providers. Sometimes there are special offers. If there are updates or other providers, please comment and I will try to edit the table as soon as possible. If you have ideas for more Categories to Rank please let me know!
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Size of price Database (number of lots)>25 Million50 Million.But: cheapest subscription only includes 4 Million>11 Million> 12 Millionunknown "Millions"data on over 300k Artist. total number not found>11 Million
other categories then art in database?YesYesNoYesNoNoNo
Upcoming auctions searchYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
E-Mail Auction AlertYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Artist AnalysisYesNoYesNoYesYesYes
Artist directoryYesYesYesNo not foundYesYesYes
limited free search without registration?YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
limited art price guide without registration?YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Free Account?YesYesYesYesNoNoNo
Included E-Mail Auction Alert50500unlimited00no
Cheapest subscription
Price9,95 Euro /month20$/month for price database only includes data from 1 year 24.95 $ for E-Mail alerts233,00 € /year = around 19,4 €/month10,71 Euros per month25.95$/month24$/ month does not include database but alert only. Database access: regular price 39$ per month37 Euros/ month for "Fine Art and Design" with limited searches 25,50 €/ month for "Decorative Art" with unlimited searches
Limited search in cheapest paid subscription?nononoonly 5 Million lots only 6 month after auction. Acess to all 12 Million results costs 285,60 Euros per year100no10
limit alert in cheapest paid subscription2550nono30nocost extra "MARKET ALERTS 30" 30 artist alerts for 14,50 €/month
Free trial?YesNoNoNoNoYesNo
Artist price guide/Price analysisunlimitednot foundonly in "Advanced" Subscription (359 Euros/year)not foundunlimitedyescosts extra; no pricing for "Analytics Reports" on website
Duration7 daysnononononot foundno
Ranking Database2133333
Ranking Features1213111
Ranking Price Free Features1322333
Ranking Price Cheapest Subscription1221333
Ranking features in cheapest subsciption1233223
Average Rank1,402,002,202,402,42,42,60
Community Rank0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating0 no rating
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