How Pricey Art Earns Its Value

In a carefully crafted documentary, the Documentary Channel (BBC-4) put together a thorough although slanted hour documentary on the top 10 most expensive paintings to date.   The critic at large is Alastair Sooke.   It’s a classic example of how the continuous debate on how to  value art remains an intentional unknown in a digital age.  While Alastair’s angle in interviews is – as one of his interviewees stated – “grubby”, there are quality albeit edited discussions with very knowledgeable and experienced dealers, collectors and advisers.   At a minimum you will be exposed to an hour of recent art history.

Author: Mason Hayutin

Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, and the arts (fine and visual). Having worked with recognized world class artists and their estates since 1997, Mason brings a wealth of practical experiences from installations, marketing and private sales.

An active business advocate, he successfully released the fine art documentary film LUBIE LOVE in 2009 ahead of the global auto crisis – in addition to maintaining his tenure as Vice President of GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.

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