Exquisitely Funny: Read an extract from An Auctioneer's Lot
Charles Hindlip's An Auctioneer's Lot: Triumphs and Disasters at Christie's has been praised as "exquisitely funny" and full of the "highs and lows" of life as an auctioneer.
Both memoir and art book, An Auctioneer's Lot recounts Lord Hindlip's career through the major works of art that have passed through his hands over the last fifty years. His story charts such extraordinary highs as the sale of Van Gogh's Sunflowers for a then world-record sum.
Charles Hindlip spoke to the Financial Times about such notorious career highs, and the memorable lows, including the time he travelled to Baltimore to view a potential collection and was met with a man weilding a gun and a Miss Havisham-style house plucked straight out of Dickens' Great Expectations. Needless to say, he found pictures both “dark, damaged and defying attribution”.
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