Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Collector’s-Eye View of the Auctions

By Robin Pogrebin
The art collector Adam Lindemann. Credit Ungano + Agriodimas
Twenty-four hours after Adam Lindemann sold a Jean-Michel Basquiat at Christie’s for $57.3 million — an auction record for the artist — he found himself in the role of bidder as selling began for a 1942 Calder standing mobile at Sotheby’s last Wednesday night. “He’s part of the trade,” said Brett Gorvy, Christie’s worldwide chairman of postwar and contemporary art. “He’s been a collector and a dealmaker for most of his career, he knows all the ins and outs of what actually happens in an auction room. He’s used to selling and trading up. [link]

Loic Gouzer of Christie’s with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled,” which sold for $57.3 million last week, an auction record for the artist. Credit Kena Betancur/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images