What is the Blouin Art Sales Index (BASI)?
The Blouin Art Sales Index is an art price database with
millions of auction records dating back to 1922 from over 1400
Does BASI include lots from upcoming auctions?
The Blouin Art Sales Index does include upcoming auctions.
Search results by default display the most recent auction lots
first, including from upcoming auctions. The Price Sold will be
updated for upcoming auctions after the sale date has passed and
results are known.
Do I need a subscription to use BASI?
Yes. For full access to all search results and lot details a
subscription must be purchased. You can access BASI and conduct
searches with limited results without a subscription.
What are the different Subscription levels
offered for BASI?
We offer BASI Premium and BASI Basics subscription packages
and an Institutional or multi-user subscription as well.
What does BASI Basics® offer?
BASI Basics® package offers access to our market-leading art
price database and is available in day pass, monthly and yearly
BASI Basics - Day Pass
Subscribe for a single day and get 24-hour unlimited access
to our price database. Day Pass subscriptions provide 10 searches
and up to 1,000 results.
BASI Basics - Monthly
Subscribe for one month and get 24-hour unlimited access to
our price database. Monthly subscriptions provide 20 searches and
up to 2,000 results. Monthly plans are set to automatically renew
every month but can be cancelled anytime on your "My
Subscriptions" page. Monthly plans will allow unused searches and
results to be rolled-over to the next subscription period.
BASI Basics - Annual
Subscribe for one year and get 24-hour unlimited access to
our price database. Yearly subscriptions provide 200 searches and
up to 30,000 results. Yearly plans are set to automatically renew
every year but can be cancelled anytime on your "My Subscriptions"
page. Yearly plans will allow unused searches and results to be
rolled-over to the next subscription period.
Institutional or Multi-User
Institutional subscriptions are annual plans that allow
concurrent multiple-user access to the BASI database. The cost is
variable depending on the number of users.
What does BASI Premium® offer?
BASI Premium® package offers BASI Basics® plus the new
Interactive Market Insights Tool®. The price search database that
comes with BASI Basics® is included in the premium package.
What are the features of the Interactive Market
The objective of BASI's new Market Insights Tool® is to monitor,
quantify and glean insights on the value of art by focusing on key
data elements. This proprietary analytics-based tool is built on
BASI's large auction market database that covers over 3,500
auction houses, 9.7 million lots, and over 350,000 artists dating
back to 1922. This benchmark tool helps subscribers track the art
market, get an overall understanding of the market movement and
make data-driven decisions on buying and selling of artworks. To
learn more about the features of the tool click here.
What are the subscription types available in
BASI Premium® is available in monthly and yearly
subscriptions. There is no day pass available in BASI Premium®.
BASI Premium - Monthly
A monthly subscription is valid for 30 days and offers BASI
Basics® Monthly plus Interactive Market Insights Tool® (Top 100
artists). The interactive tool will offer insights on top 100
BASI Premium - Yearly
Yearly subscription is valid for year and offers BASI
Basics® Yearly plus Interactive Market Insights Tool® (Top 500
artists). The interactive tool will offer insights on top 500
How to upgrade from BASI Basics® to BASI
Existing subscribers of BASI Basics® can subscribe to Premium® by
clicking on the upgrade button in the page here.
I am an existing subscriber with access to
unlimited searches. Am I a Basics® subscriber?
No. The BASI Basics® package which launched in May 2018 includes
the art price database with limited searches and results. Some of
our existing subscribers have been given the advantage of
remaining with unlimited searches and results so long as they
continue to subscribe without a break. All existing Basics®
subscribers can upgrade to Premium®. For subscribers with
unlimited searches, an upgrade to Premium® will result in limited
searches and results on the art price database and access to our
new Interactive Market Insights Tool®. You can upgrade to Premium
by following the instructions on this page.
When is a Search and a Result considered to be
A search in BASI Basics is when you enter all your search
criteria and click "View First 100 Results." On clicking "View
First 100 Results", you would have consumed one search and 100
results, and any time you click the "Next" link, you would have
consumed another 100 results for the same search criteria. Your
consumption count now stands at 1 search and 200 results. When you
go back and enter all your search criteria again and click "View
100 Results", it is considered another search with 100 results
When is a user considered capable of making
A user within the validity period of his/her subscription is
capable of making searches if s/he has both searches and results
left in their quota. Just having searches and no results or
vice-versa makes the user incapable of making any search.
What does "rollover" in the Monthly and Yearly
subscription plans mean?
Rollover means rolling over a combination of leftover
searches + results to the renewed subscription period. If the user
is not able to exhaust the available quota of searches and results
within his/her subscription period, we allow rollovers to the next
subscription period. If all the searches + results have been
consumed in a subscription period, there will be nothing to
rollover to the next. Also, if a user intends to upgrade his/her
plan in the middle of an active subscription, the leftover
searches + results will be rolled over to the new plan.
What are the permissible plan upgrades?
Subscribers can upgrade from a BASI Basics plan to a BASI
Premium plan. Only plan upgrades are permissible, not downgrades.
For example, a Day Pass can be upgraded to a Monthly or Yearly
plan and a Monthly Plan can be upgraded to a Yearly plan. A Yearly
plan cannot be downgraded to a Monthly plan and Yearly and Monthly
plans cannot be downgraded to a Day Pass plan. Subscribers can
upgrade their subscription plans at any time.
What about existing monthly and annual
subscribers who have purchased subscriptions before April 9, 2018?
Because we strongly value your association with us, we are
giving you an opportunity to continue using your BASI subscription
with unlimited searches and results so long as you keep your
subscription active. If you wish to take a break from your
subscription renewal, and come back to us after the break, we will
welcome you back with our new BASI Basics or BASI Premium
subscription plans with limited searches and results.
How do I do an Advanced Search?
You can do an advanced search by clicking to the Advanced
Search page. Here you can search the database by Artist, Artwork
Information and Sale Information. First, find an artist by their
first and/or last name. You can then narrow your search by
selecting various criteria available on the Advanced Search page.
Next, check the number of results by clicking the "Click to See
Number of Results" button (required). If the results exceed 100,
you may wish to further refine your search. Finally, sort your
results and then click the "View First 100 Results" button.
Can I save my Search Results?
You can save individual lots to your account collections.
Click 'Save Lot' from the lot list page, below the image of the
artwork in the lot page below the Sale Information. You can manage
the lots you've saved in the 'My Collections' option at the top
right of the page.
How do I set up Artist Alerts?
You can set up email Artist Alerts by following an artist.
This will send you an email notification for upcoming lots at
auction for your followed artist(s). To follow an artist and set
up alerts, you must first do a search for that artist. On the
search results page, next to the artist name, click the blue "+
Follow" button and agree to receive email alerts in the pop-up (or
close to cancel). To manage your followed artists and alerts,
click on the "My Alerts" option at the top right of the page.
What are the different terms for "Price Sold"
For sold lots the sold price will be displayed and
accompanied with either "Premium", if the value includes the
auction house's buyer's premium, or "Hammer" if the value is the
hammer price and does not include a buyer's premium. If the lot
did not sell "Bought In" will be displayed for "Price Sold" and if
the lot was withdrawn from the auction 'Withdrawn' will display.
For upcoming lots at auction, the "Price Sold" details will be
blank until the sale has happened and results are recorded.