The Auctioneer

The Auctioneer

Adventures in the Art Trade

Book - 2016
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"Just as William Goldman, the ultimate screenwriter, took us inside Hollywood, Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, will take us inside an even more secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front page news almost every day. The former Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, the former owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury, and currently a London-based dealer and advisor to great collectors around the world, Simon has one of the highest profiles of any non-artist in the art world. Even though he has an ancient title and the aura of an elegant Swiss banker, Simon is famous as an iconoclast and is known as "The Mick Jagger of Auctions" for his showmanship and exuberance. His whole life in art has been devoted to bringing art to the public and to the juxtaposition of high and low. Movie stars, musicians, and athletes compete with hedge funders and billionaires for the great art, and Simon is their pied piper; he wants to turn the world to art and this book will be his message"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250059789
Branch Call Number: 381.17 DEPUR DEPUR
Characteristics: x, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Stadiem, William - Author


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Sep 04, 2017

What an ego this guy has. He is VERY impressed with himself. Couldn't stand to read much more than a few pages, and then skipped ahead and scanned for something interesting, only to read how fab he is. Name dropping apparently doesn't impress me. SO glad I got this from the library and didn't give him any money.


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