Journalist Michael Shnayerson provides a gripping, thorough backgrounder on the contemporary art market as he narrates the growth of the art world and competition among its leading players. He tracks the careers of major dealers, and explains the rise of auction houses and the global expansion of art sales. Readers new to the ravages of the art scene will find that Shnayerson offers a fresh view of this world – now the fulcrum of a cutthroat, personality-driven, globally financed industry.

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