Going Once, Going Twice: Both Artist and Commercial Genius

Techniques, styles, tastes and choices of subject may have changed since Titian’s day, but the principle remains the same: An artist might be willing to create a series in order to satisfy the wishes of those who want to acquire an 'original'.

The headlines from New York were enthusiastic and left no room for doubt: The autumn auction season produced record revenues. After the megastorm and before...