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Walter Sickert’s 1902 The Façade of St. Jacques at the booth of London’s Fine Art Society at TEFAF Maastricht 2011
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by Brook S. Mason

Billionaire David Koch, contemporary art collector Mickey Cartin and flocks of curators from the Louvre and even the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach sauntered down the aisles at the opening of TEFAF Maastricht, otherwise known as the European Fine Art Fair, Mar. 18-27, 2011, held every spring in the Dutch border town of Maastricht. In fact, the shaky global financial landscape and the devastating tsunami in Japan barely cast a shadow over offerings at the 24th annual event, which features 260 dealers from 16 countries showcasing over 30,000 works of art valued cumulatively at a stunning $1.4 billion.