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Katya Kazakina wraps up her Art Basel Miami Beach coverage with a story that suggests the fair might have been pretty quiet on the sales front. Christophe van de Weghe claimed to have had his best ABMB ever (which is a common line to hear from dealers after nearly every fair) where he sold works by Warhol, Wesselman and Picasso totaling $28m after claiming to have sold a $17m Picasso on the first day (see below.)
The tone and tenor of the other comments Kazakina got from dealers, collector-dealers and collectors—along with the talk of paintings familiar from previous fairs and recent auctions—suggests the fair was slower and the private market is sparser than some dealers would like to project.
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