Giacometti sale raises eyebrows

Cartoonists and pundits had a field day with the sale of the most expensive piece of art ever at Sotheby’s in London earlier this month, but the most trenchant comment came from William Rees-Mogg in a diary piece in the Times.

20th February, 2010

Cartoonists and pundits had a field day with the sale of the most expensive piece of art ever at Sotheby’s in London earlier this month, but the most trenchant comment came from William Rees-Mogg in a diary piece in the Times.

He speculated as to the motivations of the anonymous purchaser who paid £65 million for Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I: ‘‘Perhaps some billionaire with a taste for modernist stick insects was walking...

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