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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark

The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

Don Thompson

Why would a smart New York investment banker pay $12 million for the decaying, stuffed carcass of a shark? By what alchemy does Jackson Pollock's drip painting No. 5, 1948 sell for $140 million?Intriguing and entertaining, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark is a Freakonomics approach to the economics and psychology of the contemporary art world. Why wer...
Publish Date
April 13
First Published in 2008
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A look at the economics and the marketing strategies that enable the modern art market to generate such astronomical prices.      source
Feb 27, 2021
@MattSlater I liked that book a lot! Also really enjoyed this documentary      source
Jan 11, 2020
@dewayneroyj Great book, also recommend $12 Million Stuffed Shark      source
Jan 17, 2021
@SeanNStJohn @ratemyskyperoom Yeah. THE book to read on contemporary art market “eccentricity” (scams) is this one 😉      source