Auctioneers Who Made Art History

Auctioneers Who Made Art History

Text(s) by David Nash, Amie Siegel, Stephanie Tasch, Judd Tully, Brigitte Ulmer, Wolfgang Wittrock, Ursula Bode, Dirk Boll, Barbara Bongartz, This Brunner, Walter Feilchenfeldt, Celina Fox, James Goodwin, Rose Maria Gropp, Albert Kriemler, Daniella Luxembourg, Christopher Maxwell, ed. Dirk Boll, graphic design by Andreas Platzgummer

Series: E-Books


2015. 256 pp., 50 ills.


ISBN 978-3-7757-3913-9

The history of the art auction and its protagonists

Procurement analysis, sales planning, customer orientation, brand management—the art market is changing more rapidly than ever before. The price that a work of art commands influences its place in the art-historical canon. Auction houses have become dominant avenues of distribution, as have art fairs, galleries, and art dealers. Even today the ritual dra­maturgy of the auction resembles an archaic compe­tition, which can leave participants speechless and captivate bystanders. At the center of the action is the auctioneer, whose performance is increasingly critical to the success of the auction. With portraits of auctioneers, this volume tells the story of the art auction business. Key events that played out in cities such as New York, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Pompeii come alive and show how the auctioneer is emerging from the anonymity of a service provider and stepping into the limelight as the star of the show. (Deutsche Ausgabe ISBN 978-3-7757-3902-3)

In conjunction printed volumes (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3902-3, English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3903-0) are also available.

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