'Art Boom 2.0'?

September 22 2011

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Picture: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jean-Baptiste Chardin, 'The Soap Bubble'.

That's what they're saying in New York:

The New York art world may be entering uncharted territory.

Why do we think so? Let’s look at the big picture: In June, dealers at the Art Basel fair reported that business was booming. Art, we were told in report after report, was selling as it had in the heady days of 2006 and 2007, when the housing crash and the worldwide economic crisis were merely theories in the heads of a few sharp-eyed economists and canny hedge fund managers.

Last month, the world’s two leading auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, announced record revenues for the first half of the year, having moved $3.4 billion and $3.2 billion worth of art and other goods, respectively.

Do say: Old Masters are still cheap.

Don't say: Is contemporary art the next bubble?

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