Art auction prices: home bias, familiarity and patriotism
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This study is the first to find evidence of a home bias in prices of art, using a large and unique dataset of sculptures sold at international art auctions. All else equal, art prices are higher when they are auctioned in the home country of the artist compared to outside of the artist's home country. Moreover, the home bias in prices is more pronounced in the low-end sculpture market segment than in the high-end segment, indicating that familiarity can be a potential explanation of the bias. Moreover, the home bias is found to be partly related to patriotism. The findings indicate that the home bias in prices increases as the relative level of patriotism rises in the home country of the artist, and that patriotism is a more persistent source of the home bias in art prices than familiarity.
art market, home bias, art auctions, familiarity, patriotism
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106697OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106697DiVA: diva2:844041