That is something London’s National Gallery really wants to know.
Teaming up with the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, they have placed a call for submissions of papers on the subject which will culminate with a two-day conference on the relations between art dealers and museums.
While they will mainly focus on the London and British art market of the late 19th century, they will look at the period up to 2015 in markets around the world, as reported by Art Market Monitor.
Topics will include: the important players within the art market, case studies of specific artworks or acquisitions, and the general nature of the gallery/museum relationship.
Budding historians may apply through September 18 with a proposal of no more than 300 words to the attention of Alan Crookham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers will be selected by October 18, 2015.