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Absorbing account of life behind the scenes at the world's oldest and richest auction house, tracing the rivalry between Sotheby's and Christie's and describing glamorous sales of items from the homes of the rich and famous. 354pp with index, illustrated with 24 pages of black and white photographs. gilt lettering to spine. Signed by the author to the title page. Minor bumping to spine, otherwise near fine copy, clean and tight. Unclipped DJ has minimal shelfwear, otherwise near fine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: This volume explores the history of Sotheby's auction house, tracing its beginnings back to 1744. It was in the latter half of the 19th century, when economic instability forced the aristocrats to sell off many of their treasures, that Sotheby's began to lay the foundations of the modern art market. The Sotheby's-Christie's rivalry intensified in the early-1900s and they have been battling it out ever since over the likes of Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet. Lacey takes the reader through the unprecedented boom of the 1980s, when Van Gogh's "Irises" went for $53.9 million, and examines the catastrophic effects of an inflation still being felt today.
Review: Piles of money, international power plays, cutthroat business tactics, unique personalities, and the politics of social class--that should be enough for a really juicy read, don't you think? But why stop there when you can also have smuggling, Swiss bank accounts, espionage, royal families, and mansions on the Riviera? Did anyone mention art? This riveting history of Sotheby's, the world's richest auction house, has that too, of course, but mainly as a lifestyle accessory.
With impeccable style, a deft touch with the telling detail, and an elegant way of delivering gossip with the proper journalistic distance, Robert Lacey has plotted a company history that reads like a thriller. There are unbusinesslike gems on nearly every page: "The tasty young ladies of 'Client Advisory' [a new Sotheby's department] were the next step in the process--the conversion of the rich and curious into solid bidders and buyers." Business and pleasure sometimes mingle: "Puzzled as to why the accounts department, which incurred regular bills for weekend overtime, was taking so long to produce figures, [the new corporate manager] asked John Cann, the director of administration, to investigate. 'They are having orgies,' Cann reported. 'They are coming in on Sundays and having sex.'"
But such stories are just the baubles on Lacey's minutely detailed history of Sotheby's rise from its humble origins in the rare-books trade of 1744 to the public company of today. Lacey is good on the art part, which, although essential to the story, is also somewhat ephemeral. He provides thoughtful cameos of the eccentric connoisseurs of old masters, Italian glass, Georgian silver, or Oriental furniture whose brilliance and sensitivity gave the auction business its special cachet. Of the highborn Peter Wilson, Sotheby's longtime chairman and a legend in every corner of the art world, for example, Lacey writes: "He would roll a carved ivory netsuke worth a few pounds between his fingers with the same delight with which he greeted an old master worth tens of thousands, for the secret of PCW's eye was his ability to be genuinely interested in almost anything." In Lacey's capable hands, the reader finds every facet of this story equally spellbinding. --Margaret Moorman
Título: Sotheby's - Bidding For Class - SIGNED COPY
Editorial: Little Brown & Co
Año de publicación: 1998
Encuadernación: Green Cloth Boards
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Little, Brown & Company, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0002384744
Descripción Little Brown Company, 1998. Estado de conservación: Good. 1st Ed.. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP53465621
Descripción Little Brown Company, 1998. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 1st Ed.. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP67964486
Descripción Little, Brown & Company 07/05/1998, 1998. Estado de conservación: Good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Nº de ref. de la librería 9053-9780316644471
Descripción -. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Sotheby's This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Nº de ref. de la librería 7719-9780316644471
Descripción -. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Sotheby's This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Nº de ref. de la librería 9053-9780316644471
Descripción LITTLE BROWN, 1972. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used; Good. Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Nº de ref. de la librería BBI2012036
Descripción Little, Brown & Company 07/05/1998, 1998. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Nº de ref. de la librería 6545-9780316644471
Descripción Little, Brown & Company 07/05/1998, 1998. Estado de conservación: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Nº de ref. de la librería 2341-9780316644471
Descripción Little Brown Company. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Nº de ref. de la librería G0316644471I3N00