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Sothebys: Bidding for Class Robert Lacey

Sothebys: Bidding for Class

Robert Lacey

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ISBN : 9780316511391
Hardcover
354 pages
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In this account of the worlds oldest and richest auction house, Lacey brings to life the personalities, ambition, and shrewd business dealings behind the glamour and glitz. From the socially ambitious parsons son Montague Barlow to the endlesslyMoreIn this account of the worlds oldest and richest auction house, Lacey brings to life the personalities, ambition, and shrewd business dealings behind the glamour and glitz. From the socially ambitious parsons son Montague Barlow to the endlessly charming, brilliant, and amoral aristocrat Peter Wilson to the present owner, American shopping mall magnate A. Alfred Taubman, and his flamboyant lieutenant Diana D. Brooks, the managers of Sothebys have learned how to dress their rummage sales for the rich in a glowing patina of scholarship, taste, and social distinction. Robert Lacey reports from the inside on such recent events as the auction of the personal property of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1996 and Mohamed al-Fayeds sale of the goods of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in February 1998. He traces the history of the long and often bitter rivalry with Sothebys only significant adversary, Christies, the other auction house. He tells how top executives from the two houses compete in the wooing of wealthy widows and estate lawyers to grab the rights to the few artistic masterpieces left in private hands, and to uncover new categories of collectibles to tempt the appetite of a relentlessly consumerist world.