Henri Matisse
Les marguerites
1919
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Art Market Watch
by Stewart Waltzer



If you don’t know already, Christie’s pillaged the best of this season’s available dead and came away with the estate collections of Long Island lawyer Lee Eastman and Toni home-perm mogul Neison Harris, among several others. Hence, the once meek Christie’s inherited the earth, or a least a substantial chunk of it, and Sotheby’s got stiffed, so to speak. One is predisposed to malign the dead whom the fundamentalist Christian God has so favored. You scourge them for middlebrow taste or commercial sensibilities or unwholesome liaisons with dealers, but their collections gainsay you. It goes to show that with brilliant taste and a lot of money, there is no end to what you can do. Shucks.

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