BooksResearch and scholarship on the history of European art markets and the professional practice of the international contemporary art markets has grown significantly in recent years and there are now many texts exploring the key regional centres and cultures of art commerce.

The art markets of the Netherlands, particularly of the Dutch Golden Age, have been the focus of academic study for decades, but more recently the commissioning processes at work during the Renaissance era have also received much overdue attention. Meanwhile, the art markets of Paris and London during the 19th century are also coming under renewed scrutiny, as are more recent twentieth-century developments such as boom and bust cycles and art investment practices. Reading deeply and widely in the history of the European art markets is essential to an understanding of how the global art market developed into what it is today. 

I thought it might be helpful to share this introductory bibliography:

Adam, G. (2014) Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century, Lund Humphries, London
Adam, G. (2017) Dark Side of the Book: The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century, Lund Humphries, London
Alpers, S. (1984) The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century, Chicago University Press, Chicago
Appadurai, A. (Ed.) (1986) The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Ashton, D. (1992 [1973]) The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning, University of California
Assouline, P. (2004) Discovering Impressionism: The Life of Paul Durand-Ruel, Vendome Press, Paris
Assouline, P. (1991) An Artful Life: A Biography of D.H.Kahnweiler 1884-1979, Fromm, New York
Baxandall, M (1972) Painting & Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Behrman, S.N. Duveen: The Story of the Most Spectacular At Dealer of All Time, Little Bookroom
Blom, P. (2002) To Have and To Hold: An Intimate History of Collectors and Collecting, Penguin, London
Brown, J. (1995) Kings and Connoisseurs: Collecting Art in Seventeenth-Century Europe, Princeton University Press, Princeton
Browse, L. (1999) Duchess of Cork Street: The Autobiography of an Art Dealer, De La Mare, London
Cabanne, P. (1963) The Great Collectors, Cassell, London
Charney, N. (Ed.) (2015) Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves, Palgrave Macmillan, London
Charney, N. (Ed.) (2009) Art & Crime: Exploring the Dark Side of the Art World, Praeger, Santa Barbara
Cohen-Solal, A. (2010) Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli, Knopf, New York
De Coppet, L. & Jones, A. (1984) The Art Dealers, Potter, New York
Degen, N. (Ed.) (2013) The Market: Documents of Contemporary Art Whitechapel Art Gallery & MIT
De Marchi, N., Crauford D.W. Goodwin (Eds), (1999) Economic engagements with art, Duke University Press
Dempster, A (Ed.) (2014) Risk and Uncertainty in the Art World, Bloomsbury Press, London
Dyson, S. (1998) Ancient Marbles to American Shores: Classical Archaeology in the United States, University of Pennsylvania Press
Edsel, R.M. (2010) Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, Arrow Books, New York
Elsner, J. & Cardinal, R. (Eds.) (1994) The Cultures of Collecting, Reaktion Books, London
Feliciano, H. (1998)The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World’s Greatest Works of Art, Basic Books, New York
Fitzgerald, M.C. (1996) Making Modernism: Picasso and the Creation of the Market for Twentieth-Century Art, University of California Press
Fletcher, P. & Helmreich, A. (Eds) (2011) The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, Manchester University press, Manchester
Flynn, T. (2016) The A to Z of the International Art Market, Bloomsbury Publishing, London
Flynn, T. & Barringer, T. (Eds) (1997) Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum, Routledge, London

Foulkes, N. (2016) Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-Artist, Arrow Books, Penguin, London
Gerlis, M. (2014) Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets, Lund Humphries, London
Gimpel, R. (1992 [1963]) Diary of an Art Dealer, Pimlico, London
Goldfarb Marquis, A. (1989) Alfred H.Barr Jr.: Missionary for the Modern, Contemporary Books, Chicago and New York
Goldgar, A. (2007) Tulipmania: Money, Honor and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London
Goldstein, M. (2000) Landscape with Figures: A History of Art Dealing in the United States< Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York
Goldthwaite, R.A. Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy 1300-1600, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore & London
Goodwin, J. (Ed.) (2009) The International Art Markets: The Essential Guide for Collectors and Investors, Kogan Page, London
Greenhalgh, P. (1990) Ephemeral Vistas: History of the Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions and World’s Fairs (Studies in Imperialism), Manchester University Press
Grenfell, M. & Hardy, C. (2007) Art Rules: Pierre Bourdieu and the Visual Arts, Berg, Oxford & New York
Guerzoni, G. (2011) Apollo and Vulcan: The Art Markets in Italy: 1400-1700, Michigan University Press, Michigan
Guilbaut, S. (1983) How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom and the Cold War, Chicago University press, Chicago
Hall, L. (1991) Betty Parsons: Artist, Dealer, Collector, Abrams, New York
Harclerode, P. & Pittaway, B. (1999) The Lost Masters: World War II and the Looting of Europe’s Treasure Houses, Victor Gollancz, London
Herbert, J. (1990) Inside Christie’s, Hodder & Stoughton, London
Herrmann, F. (1980) Sotheby’s: Portrait of an Auction House, Chatto & Windus, London
Herrmann, F. (1999) The English as Collectors, John Murray, London
Honig, E.A. (1999) Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp, Yale University Press, New Haven & London
Hook, P. (2012) The Ultimate Trophy: How the Impressionist Painting Conquered the World, Prestel, London
Horowitz, N. (2011) Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market, Princeton University Press, Princeton
Jensen, R. (1994) Marketing Modernism in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, Princeton University Press, Princeton
Lenain, T. (2011) Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession, Reaktion, London
Lippincott, L. (1983)  Selling Art in Georgian London: The Rise of Arthur Pond, Take University Press, New Haven & London
Maas, J. (1975) Gambart: Prince of the Victorian Art World, Barrie & Jenkins, London
Mason, C. (2005) Lords and Liars: Class, Greed and Excess: The Secret Story of the Christie’s-Sotheby’s Conspiracy, Gibson Square, London
McAndrew, C. (2010) Fine Art & High Finance, Bloomberg, New York
Montias, J. M. (1982) Artists and Artisans in Delft: A Socioeconomic study of the Seventeenth Century, Princeton
Nairne, S. (2011) Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners, Reaktion, London
Nicholas, L. (1994) The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, Macmillan, London
Norman, G. (1997) The Hermitage: The Biography of a Great Museum Cape, London
North, M. & Ormrod, D. (Eds), (1998) Art Markets in Europe: 1400-1800, Ashgate
North, M. (1999) Art & Commerce in the Dutch Golden Age, Yale University Press, New Haven & London
O’Brien, P. (Ed.) (2001) Urban Achievements in Early Modern Europe: Golden Ages in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
O’Connor, A-M. (2012) The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Knopf
O’Doherty, B. (1986 [1976]) Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space, University of California
Odon, A. & Salmond, W. (Eds), (2009) Treasures into Tractors: The Selling of Russia’s Cultural Heritage 1918-1938, Hillwood Press
O’Malley, M. (2005) The Business of Art: Contracts and the Commissioning Process in Renaissance Italy, Yale University Press, New Haven and London
O’Malley, M. & Welch, E. (Eds) (2010), The Material Renaissance (Studies in Design and Material Culture), Manchester University Press, Manchester
Parks, T. (2006) Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics and Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence, Profile Books, London
Pears, I. (1988) The Discovery of Painting: The Growth of Interest in the Arts in England 1680-1768, Yale University Press, New Haven & London
Prak, M. (2005) The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century, Cambridge
Reitlinger, G. (1961) The Economics of Taste: The Rise and Fall of Picture Prices, 1760-1960, Barrie & Rockliff, London
Rewald, J. (1987) The History of Impressionism, MoMA, New York
Salisbury, L. & Sujo, A. (2009) Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, Penguin, London
Saltzmann, C. (2010) Portrait of Dr Gachet: The Story of van Gogh’s Masterpiece: Money, Politics, Collectors, Greed and Loss
Saltzman, C. (2009) Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures, Penguin, London

Sax, J.L. (1999) Playing Darts with a Rembrandt: Public and Private Rights in Cultural Treasures, University of Michigan Press, Michigan
Sandis, C. (Ed.) (2016) Cultural Heritage Ethics, Open Book Publishers, Oxford
Secrest, M. (2004) Duveen: A Life in Art, Knopf, New York
Schaeffner I. & Jacobs, L. (1998) Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery, MIT Press, Massachusetts
Schama, S. (2004) The Embarrassment of Riches, Harper, London
Shand-Tucci, D. (1998) The Art of Scandal: A Life of Isabella Stewart-Gardner, Harper Collins, London and New York
Simpson, C. (1987) The Partnership: The Secret Association of Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen, Bodley Head
Solkin, D. (1992) Painting for Money: The Visual Arts and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth Century London, Yale University Press, New Haven & London
Sox, D. (1991) Bachelors of Art: Edward Perry Warren and the Lewes House Brotherhood, Fourth Estate, London
Spence, M. (2008) The Patron’s Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art, Princeton University Press, Princeton
Stillinger, E. (1980) The Antiquers: The Lives and Careers, the Deals, the Finds, the Collections of the Men and Women who were Responsible for the Changing Taste in American Antiques 1850-1930, Knopf, New York
Taylor, F.H. (1948) The Taste of Angels: A History of Art Collecting from Rameses to NapoleonHamish Hamilton, London
Tharpe, L.T. (1984) Mrs Jack: A Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Congdon & Weed, Boston
Thompson, D. (2010) The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of the Contemporary Art and Auction Houses, Palgrave Macmillan, New York & London
Thompson, D. (2014) The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art, Palgrave Macmillan, New York & London
Tompkins, A. (Ed.) (2016) Art Crime and its Prevention: A Handbook for Collectors and Professionals, Lund Humphries, London
Robertson, I. (Ed.) (2011) The Art Business, Routledge, 2005; Iain Robertson, A New Art from Emerging Markets, Lund Humphries, London
Veblen, T. (1995 [1897]) Theory of the Leisure Class, Penguin Classics, New York
Velthuis, O. (2005) Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art, Princeton University Press, Princeton
Velthuis, O. & Baia Curioni, S. (Eds.) Cosmopolitan Canvases: The Globalisation of Markets for Contemporary Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford
Vollard, A. (1978) Reflections of a Picture Dealer, Dover, London
Von Holst, N. (1976 [1967]) Creators, Collectors and Connoisseurs, Book Club, London
Vyner, H. (1999) Groovy Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Fraser, Faber & Faber, London
Warren, J. & Turpin, A. (Eds) (2008), Auctions, Agents and Dealers: The Mechanisms of the Art Market, 1660-1830, Beazley/Wallace
Watson, P. (1992) From Manet to Manhattan: The Rise of the Modern Art Market, Hutchinson, London
Welch, E. (2009) The Art Market in Renaissance Italy, Yale University Press, New Haven & London
Welch, E. (2005) Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy 1400-1600, Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Westermann, M. (2010) A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718, Yale University Press, New Haven & London
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Wilks, T. ‘Art Collecting at the English Court from the Death of Henry, Prince of Wales to the Death of Anne of Denmark (November 1612 to March 1619)’, in Journal of the History of Collections, 9, No1 (1997), pp31-48
Williams, R.C. (1990) Russian Art and American Money: 1900-1940, Harvard, 1990