Blouin art sales index
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What is the Blouin Art Sales Index (BASI)?

The Blouin Art Sales Index is an art price database with over 6 million auction records dating back to 1922 from over 1380 auction houses.

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?

You can access the price database and conduct searches with limited results without a subscription. For full access to all search results and lot details a subscription must be purchased.

What are the different Subscription levels offered for BASI?

We offer 3 different individual user subscription types and an Institutional or multi-user subscription as well.

Day Pass free

Subscribe for a single day and get 24-hour unlimited access to our price database for $25.00USD.

Monthly

Subscribe for one month and get 24-hour unlimited access to our price database for $39.00USD. Monthly subscriptions are set to automatically renew every month. Auto-renewal can be disabled anytime on your "My Subscriptions" page.

Annual

Subscribe for one year and get 24-hour unlimited access to our price database for $199.00USD. Annual subscriptions are set to automatically renew every year. Auto-renewal can be disabled anytime on your "My Subscriptions" page.

Institutional or Multi-User

Annual subscriptions that allows concurrent multiple-user access to the BASI database. The cost is variable depending on the number of users.

How do I search for an artist?

To do a quick artist search, use the main search field at the top of the home page. Type in any part of the first and/or last name of the artist and a selection of results will appear in the drop down for you to select. The more complete or exact your name search, the fewer and more precise the resulting selection of artists to chose from.

How do I do a more advanced search?

You can do a more advanced search by clicking the Advanced Search button next to the main artist search field on the home page. Here you can search the database by Artist, Artwork Information and Sale Information.

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. You can print your search results as well, either the list of lot results or individual lot pages, using the 'Print' icon in the upper right of both pages.

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, click on the title of one of the lots to view the lot details page. Here next to the artist name, click the blue "+ Follow" link 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" details?

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.