Sothebys gains Lehman Bankruptcy Role

On Friday, Reuters reported that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc has gained approval to hire Sothebys. The defunct firm was an active buyer in the contemporary fine art world. The stated book value for the highest art asset in the holding company was reported in public statements as $300,000. At auction, one lot alone, Damien Hirst’s 1993 “We’ve Got Style (The Vessel Collection – Blue) is estimated to be between $800,000 to $1,200,000. The judge involved has also allowed the holding company to preserve it’s interest in 237 Park Avenue with an additional investment of $255 million. The allowance will prevent further demise to Lehman’s dwindling assets and help stave off a possible default on Park Avenue. If the Hirst meets the auction house target, it should be interesting to see the value of the Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Cy Twombly, Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg and Maya Lin offerings that surely will be touted as “significant works” in the auctioneers marketing.

Author: Mason Hayutin

Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, real estate 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 at GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the founder of MASONmodern, a boutique real estate firm based in Denver, CO. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.

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