Art, Money, and Power: Behind the Scenes at an Auction House with Dr. Alan Montgomery

Art, Money, and Power: Behind the Scenes at an Auction House with Dr. Alan Montgomery


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Join Alan Montgomery to gain an insider's view of the workings of an international auction house. What actually goes on behind the scenes? Who is buying and who is selling? Who values the art? Why do some works of art make much more than others? And what about fakes and forgeries? 

Sometimes described as relying on ‘smoke and mirrors’ to create a sense of mystique and glamour, the art world often attracts headlines in the international press, particularly when high-profile works of art sell for vast amounts of money. Having worked for many years as a senior specialist in Contemporary Art at one of the world’s largest auction houses, Alan Montgomery will reveal the inside story of daily life at such a company, discussing the history and workings of the multi-billion dollar trade in art and relating some of his own experiences, both good and bad. He will also give tips for collectors looking to dip a toe into the sometimes confusing process of buying and selling at auction.

Led by an ex-auctioneer and expert in art history, Alan Montgomery, this interactive seminar will focus on the world of art and antique auctions and give an insider’s view of how the auction world functions. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels (or art purchases!), participants will come away with an increased understanding of the often mysterious world of fine art auctions.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Very interesting! I will definitely visit the auction houses now.

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Mary S (Vancouver, CA)

Very interesting look at how Auction Houses function.

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Lynn (Warrenton, US)
Fascinating Look at Auction Houses

I’ve taken a number of context conversations with Alan - while they were all excellent this one was especially interesting since it’s subject matter was new to me. Alan has wonderful first hand experience and knowledge which he shares in his engaging style. I highly recommend any of his programs.

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Judith Glyde (New York, US)

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Anonymous (Seattle, US)
Excellent

Dr Montgomery masterfully mixes knowledge of the art auction business with his own personal stories and impressions of the industry. I learned so much. Very fun!

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Anonymous

Very interesting! I will definitely visit the auction houses now.

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Mary S (Vancouver, CA)

Very interesting look at how Auction Houses function.

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Lynn (Warrenton, US)
Fascinating Look at Auction Houses

I’ve taken a number of context conversations with Alan - while they were all excellent this one was especially interesting since it’s subject matter was new to me. Alan has wonderful first hand experience and knowledge which he shares in his engaging style. I highly recommend any of his programs.

J
Judith Glyde (New York, US)

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Anonymous (Seattle, US)
Excellent

Dr Montgomery masterfully mixes knowledge of the art auction business with his own personal stories and impressions of the industry. I learned so much. Very fun!