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Inside the Art Market-Invisible

Inside the Art Market: Invisible

This sale of the principal contents of Sutton Brailes Manor is being conducted on instructions from the Treasury Solicitor, the owner, the reclusive Mrs. Dorothea Allen, having died intestate. No next of kin has been traced, despite a nationwide search, and Mrs. Allen’s life remains shrouded in mystery.

—Introduction to Sotheby’s Catalogue, 4th September 1990

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Victoriana

Inside the Art Market: Victoriana

Then came the moment for the Queen to receive the Crown, and for all the peers and peeresses to put on their coronets. As the Queen knelt for the Crown to be placed on her head, a ray of sunlight fell upon her, and the Duchess of Kent, overcome by the scene, overwrought by mingled emotions, burst into tears.

—Edith Sitwell, Victoria of England

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Hendrix At Monterey

Inside the Art Market: Rock and Roll Immortality

It is hard to believe that Jimi Hendrix died almost fifty years ago. Changes in musical taste, social values and recording industry fortunes since then have been so profound that 1970 seems many generations removed, ancient history, a black hole. It was a time of free love, of social and philosophical gurus like Abbie Hoffman and R. D. Laing, of San Francisco and hippie splendor; a time when dropping out was considered a viable, even essential career move. In this long-ago era Jimi Hendrix rose to the top of the rock world, and then departed, with breathtaking speed. Since he never grew old, he remains with us—through his music—young and wild and hypnotic.

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Voskhod 2 Mission

Inside the Art Market: Sky Travels

Elation soon turned to terror. After his twelve-minute spacewalk, Leonov prepared to reenter the airlock, and found to his horror that he could no longer fit. The air pressure had ballooned out his suit in the vacuum of space, making it so rigid that he could no longer work his way back into the hatch. Fast action was necessary as the spacecraft was rapidly spinning into darkness.

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