What Warhol’s Marilyn tells us about the art market

Last month, Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” sold for $195 million, making it the second most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. And as prices keep rising, the art market – auction houses, gallery owners, dealers, collectors – wants it to continue. On the heels of an “overwhelming” art season, we invite two heavyweights into the studio to guide us: editor Jan Dalley and art market columnist Melanie Gerlis. Then Christie’s Head of 20th and 21st Century Art, Alex Rotter, lifts the curtain on these record sales.


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Links and mentions of the episode:

– Melanie’s articleSwiss Art Basel fair defies economic gloom with skyrocketing sales‘: https://on.ft.com/3QtSagn

– Overview of Mélanie’s auction season: https://on.ft.com/38jn363

– Columnist John Gapper explains how ‘The art market can’t get enough of Andy Warhol’s Marilyns‘: https://on.ft.com/3O3GeAm

– Jan’s latest art column, on whether we should send art back to Russia: https://on.ft.com/3OeLzF2

– Profile of Robert Armstrong from Larry Gagosian: https://on.ft.com/3IfT0sD

– Mélanie’s books are called The history of the art fair and Art as an investment?

– Melanie is on Twitter @mgerlisand Alex is on Instagram @rottweilernyc.

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