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Just as William Goldman, the ultimate screenwriter, took us inside Hollywood, Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, will take us inside an even more secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front-page news almost every day.

The former chairman of Sotheby's Europe, the former owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury, and currently a London-based dealer and advisor to great collectors around the world, Simon has one of the highest profiles of any nonartist in the art world. Even though he has an ancient title and the aura of an elegant Swiss banker, Simon is famous as an iconoclast and is known as "The Mick Jagger of Auctions" for his showmanship and exuberance. His whole life in art has been devoted to bringing art to the public and to the juxtaposition of high and low.

Movie stars, musicians, and athletes compete with hedge funders and billionaires for the great art, and Simon is their pied piper; he wants to turn the world to art, and this book will be his message.

©2016 Simon de Pury (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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well..ok

Name dropping yep...a peek at how the other half , I mean 1%, live? Yep
But I wanted to know the inner workings of the actual art market, not his love life.

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  • Gene
  • Grahamsville, NY, United States
  • 08-15-17

Informative about the current top of the artworld.

Provided interesting insight into the artworld of the recent past and today. Also insight into the lifestyles and motivation of some of the the wealthiest art collectors. Some history of art dealers as well as a look into the history and workings of the art auction business.