Month: April 2016

Celebrity Sale

Inside the Art Market: A Celebrity Sale

Sales at the old and venerable auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s are often a sort of eulogy, celebrating the life and times of a prominent individual as glimpsed through an art collection.  The marketing and promotional rumblings that attend such sales, especially if involving a very famous name, can be noisy and theatrical.  And the public exhibition has to be dramatic and dazzling.  After all, the auction house is mounting a major production, with special lighting and design of the sort one might associate with a Broadway show.

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