With Impressionist and modern art auctions beginning in New York next week, Sotheby’s is taking precautions to avoid the disruptions that Occupy Wall Street protesters have caused at recent events.
Reached for comment this evening, a Sotheby’s spokesperson told us in an email: “Regrettably, because of a few recent attempts to interrupt our business, we have had to institute new security measures for the next couple of weeks that limit access to our tenth floor galleries.”
The following week, the city’s major auction houses– Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury & Co. — will host postwar and contemporary art auctions. The fortnight of sales are some of the most important of the season, and vital to the houses’ bottom lines.
Not surprisingly, the Sotheby’s has not named specifics about its plans for the coming weeks. The spokesperson added: “It is an unfortunate development but protecting people and art must be our first priority.”
Christie’s and Phillips de Pury & Co. did not immediately return requests for comments about their plans. As we learn more about how the houses are bracing for any possible protests, we will provide updates.
Dan Duray will be reporting from the auctions beginning next week.