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Kader Attia
Flying Rats
2005
est. $60,000-$80,000
Christie’s New York
Feb. 26, 2007
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ART MARKET WATCH


Feb. 23, 2007

CHRISTIE’S GOES FOR GALLERY GOLD
More than a decade ago, Sotheby’s New York made some aggressive moves into the "primary market," buying the gallery of Color Field pioneer Andre Emmerich and teaming up with SoHo dealer Jeffrey Deitch to organize shows in the venerable Emmerich space in the Fuller Building at 41 West 57th Street. The logic seemed impeccable at the time. As Deitch explained, for every winning bidder for a high-priced lot at auction, there was an underbidder willing to pay almost as much. All an auction house needed was a sharp-eyed dealer who could make something happen with that frustrated shopper, thus doubling sales volume, or almost.

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