The Rise of the Modern Art Market

Book details

ISBN: 9780091740047
Published: 1992

In July 1890, having completed his portrait of Dr. Gachet, Vincent van Gogh shot himself. One hundred years later, the picture was sold at auction by Christie’s for $82.5 million – a world record price.

Granted unprecedented access by Christie’s, Peter Watson describe not only this extraordinary occasion, but also analyses with wit and rare insight the fascinating development of the modern art market.

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