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The Worth of Art: Pricing the Priceless

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How is the price of a work of art determined? Why do some pieces skyrocket while others fall flat? This book tackles the enigmatic art market, offering a clear and engaging explanation of the forces that affect the value of art.The value of art today is more relative than ever. All elements of a sale -- identity of the buyer and seller, where the art is sold, and the socia ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Assouline
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'The Worth of Art' by Judith Benhamou-Huet illustrates the influences that determine why art is worth so much money and why. So far, it has clarified my inital predictions that the worth of art is defined by society, trends and people with money. It focuses on the auction houses tactics in increasing the value of art, asserting it as an addition to a desired lifestyle that many can afford alongside the status of a collector. The beginning of the book captured my imagination as well as my attenti ...more
Given its intriguing subject matter -- the value of art, and particularly the reasons for the rapidly escalating prices being paid in recent years for modern and contemporary art -- this book was quite disappointing. I'm not sure if that was a result of 1) the author's often awkward syntax, 2) a bad translation from French to English, 3) the inherently squishy subject matters of art, art criticism, and economics applied to abstract concepts, or 4) a combination of all of these things, but I want ...more
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this book caught my eye on the shelves of the local library when i was browsing the art section. it's a subject that interests me - how do you assign a monetary value to an artwork - and this book's nicely sized. a quick flick through showed that it wouldn't be too hard to read.

the original was written in french and the writing has an interesting quirkiness about it, partly because it has been translated but also because benhamou-huet
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