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5.0 out of 5 stars Never has there been more description in auctioning, 3 Oct 1998
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I am a person that has a first hand view of how Sotheby's works as a company and this book gives all of the inside stories that show how coruption and greed have corrupted a company that is listed as being over 250 years old. Read Bidding for Class and learn about the true dates of Sotheby's and their #1 rival, Christies. Who has had the better years? Who has come out on top? Once you pick this up, you won't put it down, it keeps you engaged from page one. Take it from someone who knows, Sotheby's isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautifully written elegant history, 29 Mar 1999
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Lacey's book is a beautifully written, elegant history of Sotheby's, its competition w Christies, the faddish and often silly and overpriced art and collectibles markets. The warts are there, and so is a great cast of characters, some of whom are so well portrayed as to be almost alive. A great book, on a fascinating firm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating view of a different world., 13 Aug 1998
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Most readers will not have prior knowledge of the auction world. This book does a superb job of disclosing the multifaceted aspects of the great, and respected dealer in valuable collectibles. Like other venues, such as the movie industry, the commercial goals are in conflict with the artistry. And like Hollywood, Sotheby's had its share of charismatic leaders.
I feel that Lacey created an accessible universe for the uninitiated. I disagree with those critics who focus on details, and cavil over minutiae. This represents a fascinating and valuable introduction to the world of high level auctioneering.
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