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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Think of a number and double it.

I have been idling away my time looking at art sales on the internet. I was able to follow the career of one painting in particular and from what I can gather suspect that its story may be typical.

This artwork, a lithograph, was bought by the government a couple of years ago. It was then sold at auction and lay low for six months, whereupon it was offered for sale at more than twice its auction sale price. The increase was £600. Although there are fees associated with buying and selling at auction, this seems an enormous price hike.

It is interesting to consider the idea of value and worth, especially in connection with art for sale. Fashion and economics dictate what people want and vice versa.


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