From Manet to Manhattan by Peter Watson
The Rise of the Modern Art Market

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A behind-the-scenes look at the world's art market reveals the art connoisseurs, collectors, artists, dealers, and auction houses that have shaped tastes in art and created record-breaking sales for art masterpieces. 25,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.
 

About Peter Watson

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Watson writes for the Observer, Times (London), New York Times, and the Spectator.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Random House. 558 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Morgan for a record ú100,000 [$10.4 million now].'') A friendly skeptic, Watson warns of the ``misleading nature of auction success.'' Van Gogh's Sunflowers, for instance, sold for a record ú22.5 million but taxes probably depleted the take to some ú3.5 million.

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His theme--that auctioneers and dealers have shaped the art market as arbiters of public taste--receives sporadic support, as in his account of the New York Armory Show of 1913 or a discussion of dealer Siegfried Bing, ``godfather of Art Nouveau.'' Art critic for the London Observer and the Spect...

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