New Fees at Sotheby's too; Dean Valentine talks to the Times; Dallas Art Fair opens flexi-space; Swizz Beatz is a some sort of saint; What your business manager hears when you talk about buying art.
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New Fees Coming for Sotheby’s Next Week
- the 25% BP tier applies under $400,000 for sales in New York, £300,000 in London, €250,000 in Paris, €250,000 in Milan, CHF400,000 in Switzerland, and HK$3,500,000 in Hong Kong
- above that level the BP will be 20% until $4m/£3m
- Over $4m/£3m, the BP will rise from 12.9% to 13.9%. That change applies to New York, London, Paris, Switzerland and Hong Kong, and for Milan where VAT also applies.
Valentine’s Day in the Sun
The New York Times does its “Show Us Your Walls” thing with Dean Valentine but the striking takeaway is this brief quote from the collector that makes you wonder if this isn’t the real difference between the art world of late 20th Century and the fair-driven business of today:
- “I learned a lot of what I know about art from hanging out with dealers in the mid-90s and asking them, ‘Why is this any good?’” said Mr. Valentine, the former president of Walt Disney Television and the former chief executive officer of UPN.
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