Brett Gorvy, Christie’s international head of postwar and contemporary art, recently told the French financial newspaper Les Échos that most of the people who spend $100 million at auction were unknown to the auction house three years ago.
The full interview is in French here. Google Translate it! Fascinating, candid stuff.
UPDATE 5:55 p.m.
Another great quote we should have initially highlighted, courtesy M. Allen:
“Ces nouveaux collectionneurs ont-ils des conseillers ? Brett Gorvy : Non. Les conseillers sont les experts de Christie’s.” via @gallerist
— gregorg (@gregorg) February 17, 2014
“These new collectors, do they have advisers?”
“No, [their] advisers are Christie’s specialists.”