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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

by Don Thompson

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art Synopsis

Why would a smart New York investment banker pay twelve million dollars for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock' s drip painting No.5 1948 sell for $140 million? The first book to look at the economics of the modern art world, and the marketing strategies that power the market to produce such astronomical prices, this surprising and revelatory book 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. 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 to reveal the source of Charles Saatchi's Midas touch, and how far a gallery like White Cube has contributed to Damien Hirst becoming one of the highest-earning artists in the world.

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art Press Reviews

'If you read no other book about art in your life, read the one that's gripped me like a thriller for the past two days.' - Richard Morisson ` This enthralling, revelation-rich trip through the money game of the art market brings an economist' s eye - and a dry, sceptical wit- to its absurdities.' 'Intriguing and readable' ` Don Thompson is an entertaining sceptic when it comes to contemporary art... a much-needed attempt to get to grips with the mysteries of the art market... Thompson' s knowledge of markets and law is a convincing and informative read.' `Don Thompson is an entertaining sceptic when it comes to contemporary art...a much-needed attempt to get to grips with the mysteries of the art market...Thompson's knowledge of markets and law is a convincing and informative read.' `This enthralling, revelation-rich trip through the money game of the art market brings an economist's eye - and a dry, sceptical wit- to its absurdities.' 'If you read no other book about art in your life, read the one that's gripped me like a thriller for the past two days.' - Richard Morisson

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845134075
Publication date: 18th March 2012
Author: Don Thompson
Publisher: Aurum Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Art: financial aspects, Economics,

About Don Thompson

Don Thompson is an economist and professor of business who has taught at the LSE and Harvard Business School. He lives in Toronto.

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