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Gillian Wearing, Michael Landy and Anya Gallacio at the Gordon Watson sale at Sotheby’s London
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by Mary Barone

A celebrated arbiter of taste, the dealer Gordon Watson held court for 27 years from his Fulham Road Gallery, a well-known landmark in London and a magnet for celebrities and high-profile names from all over the world, ranging from Mick Jagger and Elle Macpherson to decorators such as Chester Jones, David Mlinaric and Peter Marino. Watson stood firmly at the cutting edge of style with a constantly changing eclectic mix of 20th-century objects -- furniture, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, photographs, rugs, and Islamic and Indian works of art -- most of it procured on his ceaseless travels around the globe. In May of 2006, Sotheby’s London offered the contents of Watson’s shop and its storerooms and unseen pieces from his warehouses and private collection in a series of exceptional single-owner sales that realized a combined total in excess of £2.7 million.