Last month, Andy Warhol's "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for $195mn, making it the second most expensive piece of art to sell at auction, ever. And as prices keep going up, the art market — auction houses, gallerists, dealers, collectors — want to keep it that way. On the heels of a ‘stonking’ art season, we invite two heavy hitters into the studio to walk us through it: arts editor Jan Dalley and art market columnist Melanie Gerlis. Then, Christie's head of 20th- and 21st-century art, Alex Rotter, pulls back the curtain on these record-breaking sales.


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Links and mentions from the episode:

– Melanie’s article ‘Art Basel’s Swiss fair defies gloomy economy with soaring sales’:

– Melanie’s auction season roundup:

– Columnist John Gapper on how ‘The art market cannot get enough Andy Warhol Marilyns’:

– Jan’s most recent art column, on whether we should send art back to Russia:

– Robert Armstrong’s profile of Larry Gagosian:

– Melanie’s books are called The Art Fair Story and Art as an Investment?

– Melanie is on Twitter @mgerlis, and Alex is on Instagram @rottweilernyc.


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