The guardian | Kate Kellaway:
Simon de Pury, 65, is a Swiss baron, art auctioneer and collector who has been dubbed “the Mick Jagger of art auctions” because of his dynamic selling style (he is a DJ too). His new memoir, The Auctioneer: A Memoir of Great Art, Legendary Collectors and Record-Breaking Auctions, ghost-written by William Stadiem, gives us the view from the podium.
To what extent is being an auctioneer like being an actor?
I compare it to being a DJ – you cannot prepare, there’s improvisation, you have to be in tune with your audience. If you conduct a jewellery auction, it is unlike a contemporary art or books auction. I’ve seen auctioneers getting rough with audiences. That’s a no-no. You need to be very polite… Read more
Image: Simon de Pury: ‘Three Ds in the art market explain the usual reasons for selling: debt, divorce and death.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images