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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark : The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art (Paperback)

Author: Thompson, Don

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Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip paintingNo. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million?

Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why were record prices achieved at auction for works by 131 contemporary artists in 2006 alone, with astonishing new heights reached in 2007? Don Thompson explores the money, lust, and self-aggrandizement of the art world in an attempt to determine what makes a particular work valuable while others are ignored.

This book is the first to look at the economics and the marketing strategies that enable the modern art market to generate such astronomical prices. Drawing on interviews with past and present executives of auction houses and art dealerships, artists, and the buyers who move the market, Thompson launches the reader on a journey of discovery through the peculiar world of modern art. Surprising, passionate, gossipy, revelatory,The $12 Million Stuffed Shark reveals a great deal that even experienced auction purchasers do not know.

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Publisher Griffin
Mfg Part# 9780230620599
SKU 211425309
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0230620590
Release Date 4/13/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0268
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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