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An Auctioneer's Lot

An Auctioneer's Lot

Triumphs and Disasters at Christie's

By (author) Lord Hindlip

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  • Highly entertaining and personal account from a giant of one of the world's most famous auction houses
  • Lifts the lid on the mysterious and moneyed world of art sales
  • Beautifully illustrated in full color
Full Description
Lord Hindlip presided over London's auction house Christie's during a time of great excitement in the art world. The 1960s, '70s and early '80s saw the wholesale denuding of country houses and ransacking of attics right across the country - yielding genuine treasures and fakes (both cunning and clumsy) in equal measure. Both memoir and art book, An Auctioneer's Lot recounts Lord Hindlip's career through the major works of art that have passed through his hands over the last fifty years. His story charts such extraordinary highs as the sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers for a then world-record sum, as well as the often hilarious lows, including a wild goose chase across the badlands of rural America which led him to a gun-toting recluse and a cherished pile of tat masquerading as Old Master paintings. This lavishly produced book is generously illustrated with photographs of all the works of art that came to define Lord Hindlip's tenure as chairman of Christie's.
• Highly entertaining and personal account from a giant of one of the world's most famous auction houses • Lifts the lid on the mysterious and moneyed world of art sales• Beautifully illustrated in full colorLord Hindlip presided over London's auction house Christie's during a time of great excitement in the art world. The 1960s, '70s and early '80s saw the wholesale denuding of country houses and ransacking of attics right across the country - yielding genuine treasures and fakes (both cunning and clumsy) in equal measure. Both memoir and art book, An Auctioneer's Lot recounts Lord Hindlip's career through the major works of art that have passed through his hands over the last fifty years. His story charts such extraordinary highs as the sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers for a then world-record sum, as well as the often hilarious lows, including a wild goose chase across the badlands of rural America which led him to a gun-toting recluse and a cherished pile of tat masquerading as Old Master paintings.This lavishly produced book is generously illustrated with photographs of all the works of art that came to define Lord Hindlip's tenure as chairman of Christie's
About the Author
Charles Allsopp (Lord Hindlip) was educated at Eton and served in the Coldstream Guards from 1959 until 1962, when he joined the art auction house Christie's. He was General Manager of Christie's New York, then successively director, deputy chairman and chairman of Christie, Manson & Woods in London.
Specifications
Publisher
Profile Editions
ISBN
9781908990815
Published
4th Apr 2017
Binding
Hardback
Territory
USA & Canada
Size
7.73 in x 9.95 in
Pages
192 Pages
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