The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade

The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade

Simon De Pury / Oct 18, 2019

The Auctioneer Adventures in the Art Trade Just as William Goldman the ultimate screenwriter took us inside Hollywood Simon de Pury the ultimate art player will take us inside an even secretive business whose staggering prices famous co

  • Title: The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art Trade
  • Author: Simon De Pury
  • ISBN: 9781250059789
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Just as William Goldman, the ultimate screenwriter, took us inside Hollywood, Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, will take us inside an even secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front page news almost every day The former Chairman of Sotheby s Europe, the former owner of Sotheby s rival Phillips de Pury, and currentJust as William Goldman, the ultimate screenwriter, took us inside Hollywood, Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, will take us inside an even secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front page news almost every day The former Chairman of Sotheby s Europe, the former owner of Sotheby s rival Phillips de Pury, and currently a London based dealer and advisor to great collectors around the world, Simon has one of the highest profiles of any non artist in the art world Even though he has an ancient title and the aura of an elegant Swiss banker, Simon is famous as an iconoclast and is known as The Mick Jagger of Auctions for his showmanship and exuberance His whole life in art has been devoted to bringing art to the public and to the juxtaposition of high and low Movie stars, musicians, and athletes compete with hedge funders and billionaires for the great art, and Simon is their pied piper he wants to turn the world onto art and this book will be his message.

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    1. Auctioneer Simon du Pury shares the story of his life. He explains what lead him into the art world and describes his ascent from a Sotheby's intern to the "Mick Jagger of auctions." He also introduces us to the men who had a great impact on his life and career: Swiss art dealer Ernst Beyeler, auctioneer Peter Wilson, and art collector Baron Heini Thyssen. There were many interesting anecdotes, but the art and auctioneering aspects were overshadowed by the intricate details of the lives of the r [...]


    2. Justt very good, because it doesn’t have any humor about itself. Hardcore namedroppy bragathon books can be lovely when they have a fun, self deprecating, long point of view woven throughout. They can also succeed if the stories, setting, and information is so rich and detailed that it takes you in and shows you its world without apology. Unfortunately this book stops short at every opportunity to welcome the reader into a world using either method. It feels like it was written for friends of [...]


    3. An intruging insight into the unusual world of art auctions but also into the man himself, Simon de Pury, who provides compelling anecdotes , 'gossip' about a wide range of rich and famous people and the fascinating world of auctioning which is obviously an adrenaline rush for those involved. His story is infectious and I really enjoyed reading about this unusual environment. While there were parts that were dry and a little tedious for the most part it was amusing and interesting.Thank you to T [...]


    4. Although I enjoyed a look into the distanced, absurd world of art dealing, I had some major problems with this book. First, de Pury never seems to acknowledge his own privileged upbringing. Growing up as part of the Swiss elite, de Pury admits multiple times that he was never a good student. But naturally his family's connections allowed him to meet and work under many prominent dealers. For example, one of these connections set him up with a plan to work in Bern for a month, then Sotheby's in L [...]


    5. Simon de Pury's tone-deaf anecdotes about his time in the high-flying world of art mostly want me to lead a bunch of pitchfork wielding peasants to his door to roust him and his ballerina-avant-garde portraitist-lingerie-model girlfriend.


    6. It's my fault, really. Had I taken a moment to read the dust jacket of this book, I would have discovered that it was rife with anecdotes about the rich and famous, a topic which I could not have less interest in if I tried. I can't imagine a segment of the population that inspires less interest and wastes more ink than the idle rich and please believe me when I say that that opinion does not come from a place of envy. I'm not about to stand in the way of someone that wants to shell out $10 mill [...]


    7. The jacket promises a gossipy tell-all style trip through the high-priced art world. What the text delivers is the autobiography of an auctioneer few people have heard of. There is a lot of name dropping but the references mean little to anyone who wasn't part of the jet-set in Europe in the 1970s. Two celebrities - Sarah Jessica Parker and Leonardo DiCaprio - feature near the end and there are virtually no discussions of the artists themselves. The only time art is mentioned is to cite the pric [...]


    8. I am sorry to say that I really did not care for this audiobook. I thought that the subject would be really interesting- it was anything but. It seemed to be a mishmash of stories with no real point. There was a tremendous amount of name-dropping done. Unfortunately, I recognized very few of them. The author alternately bragged and put on his humble suit. It was tiring and not terribly interesting. Making the audiobook more unpleasant was the narrator. He read rather emphatically and that was ti [...]


    9. Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book.The Auctioneer is an interesting and revealing book about the multi million dollar business of fine art. It is very informative and, being written by an insider, it gives you a real feel for the secretive world of art auctions. While it was a fascinating read, I did find that certain parts were a little dry and at times slightly haughty. But overall it was an enlightening read for anyone interested in the world of fine [...]


    10. I finished this biography, barely- a lot of skimming. A not very pleasant main character and the book read like a diary fleshed out by a ghost writer which i think is exactly what it was. Lots of dates, names, places, not a lot of insight or projection or contemplation. Pretty boring. Some interesting comments on the oligopolic art world and naming of names - especially famous actors- that was interesting. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio's acting in Walk Street wasn't really acting .


    11. DNF at 10%Simon De Pury is an annoyingly pompous man, but I might have been able to trudge through his memoir (for the sake of art) if the narration hadn't been so teeth-gratingly bad. I could say that I might revisit this in print, but I know I really won't.


    12. “The Auctioneer” is a memoir by Simon de Pury, a prominent auctioneer of fine art. It’s not as detailed as you would expect from an autobiography. In fact, it gives little personal detail. I ended the book not feeling that I knew much about de Pury, and certainly not much about the people close to him, such as his wives and children.Overall, I found this a rather flat book. De Pury comes across as rather arrogant. The world he works in is so exclusive that readers unfamiliar with it have l [...]


    13. You know, for someone who says he's been "seduced" by art, he doesn't talk about art at all. He just sounds like he's been seduced by a lifestyle of the rich and famous art collectors, which is all this book is about. It's an interesting read if you want to see how nepotism and aristocracy are alive and well, but it also might just depress you.


    14. Memoir of an auctioneer and art dealer. Paints an interesting picture of how one moves in that business and also how one loves art. More about the person than I really cared to know, but none of the personal relationship stuff was meaningfulness. I do wish there were more about the business end, and I might look for other books.


    15. Lo que más he disfrutado del libro sin duda son los capítulos dedicados al barón Thyssen.What I've enjoyed the most are the chapters about the baron Thyssen.


    16. The Auctioneer by Simon de Pury & William Stadiem This autobiography takes the reader into the world of the rich and famous, of high-priced art, and into Simon de Pury’s private life. Art attracts an eclectic crowd; therefore, de Pury has plenty of tales of famous folk from several walks of life.The book starts off with a lot of name dropping. It tapers off a bit in the second disc and a story eventually arises. However, the name dropping, usually with little to no context, continues throu [...]


    17. I received this book as a giveaway. From the opening sentence I found the author's style conversational, but also very high-brow. I enjoyed how he 'borrowed' lines from some of my favourite literature, such as The Great Gatsby and John Donne. However, often it was difficult to make a connection. Simon de Pury lives in an 'unreal world' filled with the Jet Set crowd, royalty and celebrities. There is a lot of name-dropping. In fact, I found he often went off on tangents about the people he knew [...]


    18. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I think I need to start by stating that I have very little interest in the art or auction world or in famous people in general however I love other people's stories and insight into things I would not otherwise experience.I opened this book unsure what to expect and within the first paragraph I became aware it was a book that required a lot of concentration.I found this book a very slow and dull read. There seemed to be a [...]


    19. People only care for things if they are worth something. Simon De Pury is a legend in the high stakes world of art collection. I first heard of him via the Bravo series, Work of Art, a Project Runway clone in which he served as the Tim Gunn character, mentoring young artists as they competed for recognition. He came across as vaguely aristocratic, an impression that he actually may have earned legitimately through his career as an expert as well as his associations with the haut monde. This is d [...]


    20. This was a gift so I felt obligated to read it. It was also an easy read: so something to do while I had the flu.Lots of names of the rich which is expected because of territory covered. Many artist names, too. But very few anecdotes about artists which would have interested me more than how many wives Heini had. And by an anecdote we are usually talking about two or three sentences.It all seemed very superficial to me and I love art. So does Simon de Pury, I guess, but the only time I felt it, [...]


    21. This is a world I'll never know outside books; and one I'll likely never understand. One where artists, actors, blue bloods and the nouveau riche sink more money into one painting than most of us would see in several lifetimes. Some see art as an investment, but others - like de Pury - have lifelong passions for art. It was this passion that led de Pury into his career, though he discovered a love for the thrill of a record breaking auction as well.I had my trusty iPad next to me as I read, so I [...]


    22. This review is for the unabridged 9 ½-hour Audio CD book. Ralph Lister did an excellent job of reading this work by de Pury and Stadiem. The sound quality was clear and consistent throughout the eight compact disks that tells the story of De Pury’s life in the art auction business. Many equate auction house Sotheby’s with the rich and famous. This idea is supported by de Pury time working there before starting his own auction house. There is a lot of money to be exchanged and he found a way [...]


    23. I had high hopes for The Auctioneer. I wanted it to be an insightful memoir of a prominent auctioneer, a tell-all about the secrets of the art world, or perhaps a guide on running a successful auction house. Unfortunately, it was none of those things. This book is a whole lot of name-dropping along with standard ghostwritten autobiography fare. It isn't awful, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I listened to this book on audio CD and I will say the production was top notch. If the book had matc [...]


    24. "The Auctioneer" is the gossipy memoir of Simon de Pury, world-renowned auctioneer, dealer, and former chairman of Sotheby's Europe. While the details of the inner-workings of the art world are interesting, the bulk of the book reads like a tell-all of the rich and famous. Plenty of name dropping, scandalous details, and anecdotes of over-the-top wealth. If you read this book, I would definitely reach for the audiobook. Narrator Ralph Lister infuses an energy into de Pury's stories and saves it [...]


    25. Have read about a third of the book. Well written by a very astute author. The book is not only informative but does have intrigue set in a world that I am not familiar with. Provides good insight into a area of expertise unknown to me and also give a view of some cities of the world other than a tourist view.


    26. This book was fascinating! A look into the world of art, who buys it and how the system works. By the end of the book my head was spinning with all the names and deals in Simon's life. But I really enjoyed it and learned so much.


    27. What a life. What an experience. I had no idea about the art trade. I'm a novice that was fascinated by the world in which "The Auctioneer" lived, and worked, and played. This book gave me insight to a world I didn't know existed. Thanks for a copy of The Auctioneer.


    28. It started out interesting, however, all that Simon De Pury seems to want to do is confirm that he knows a ton of famous people. Good for him, but not always very interesting reading.


    29. An intellectual thriller! A juggernaut! Loved the story and the telling and the pretentious nature of it all! Having been an auctioneer and art lover I get it! Fabulous read!


    30. Dishy fun. These folks certainly travel in different circles than I do. 800 Warhols? Meh, we can sell those after breakfast.


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