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To many of us, the stratospheric pricing of artworks is a mystifying thing. In his splendid new book, Breakfast at Sotheby’s, Philip Hook unlocks the processes by which art acquires its financial value. Hook is an experienced director and paintings specialist with the world-famous auction house – building on his 35 years’ experience of the art market, he explores the relationships between artists, dealers and buyers, and unpacks such concepts as “wall-power” and market weather.
Let Philip Hook take you on a revealing and surprising tour of a trade that’s comic, fascinating, and on occasion, absurd.