There is a fascinating connection between art and money. Paintings may exalt the spirit, but they’re also high-end luxury items. Whatever other worth it may have, artwork is a commodity, desired and exchanged by the wealthy and powerful, for prestige and stature.
Paintings accumulate value as though by miracle. A low-cost scrap of canvas, which serves no practical purpose, can become extremely expensive with the wave of a brush. But how, precisely, is it-done? And what is it about art that captivates the ultra-rich?
Excerpt from the BBC:
Art critic Alastair Sooke tracks down the ten most expensive paintings to sell at auction, and investigates the stories behind the astronomic prices art can reach. Gaining access to the glittering world of the super-rich, Sooke discovers why the planet’s richest people want to spend their millions on art.
Featuring works by Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Klimt and Rubens, Sooke enters a world of secrecy and rivalry, passion and power. Highlights include a visit to the art-crammed home of millionaire author Lord Archer; a rare interview with the man at the heart of the sale of the most expensive old master of all time; privileged access to auctioneers Christie’s; and a glimpse of the world of the Russian oligarchs.
These revelatory journeys allow Sooke to present an eye-opening view of the super wealthy, and their motivations as collectors of the world’s great art treasures.