Kenny Schachter

An Auction House Morality Tale


Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator and writer. His writing has appeared in books on architect Zaha Hadid and artists Vito Acconci and Paul Thek, and he is a contributor to the British edition of GQ. The opinions expressed here are his own.

Some years ago, I was asked by an in-law with a Read More


The 1% of the 1%: Stratospheric Prices at Auction Mask the Teeth Grinding of the Real Art Market

"Abstraktes Bild (849-3)" by Gerhard Richter. (Courtesy Sotheby's)

Last week’s outrageous auction results have left dealers and savvy collectors giddy, puzzled and mentally exhausted. A number of works soared to stupefying heights, defying the gravity of the euro crisis, the Middle East madness and the unexpected softening of gold prices. How and why, at times like these, can art values continue to peak, and Sotheby’s proudly report that it had the third-highest Contemporary sale results in its entire history? Read More