Cutthroat Art Market Competition

Aristocratic Dutch Art Collecter Jan Six in His Amsterdam Gallery

Art, both modern and historical, is worth a lot of money and there is a flourishing market among the wealthy who can afford to spend the multimillion dollar cost of entry. While I understood that this market existed, I did not previously know how it is ruled by aristocrats like the Dutch Six family and how competitive and cutthroat art dealers are in trying to find the best paintings to sell, both for prestige and profitability. This New York Times article describes how Jan Six, an aristocrat from a long line of art dealers in his family, discovered a potential Rembrandt painting previously misidentified and lied and cheated his way to make as much money as possible. I would highly recommend checking it out.


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