Annoying things that happen to an art dealer no.27

March 29 2012

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Spotting a sleeper at a regional auction house (in this case a 'Harlequin' portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie catalogued as 'Portrait of a Scottish Nobleman'), booking a phone line, and then the auctioneer not calling you. Particularly annoying if, like me, you're slightly obsessed with the Jacobites.


A reader writes:

I tried to book a telephone bid [...] too, and they didnt reply to me either. They sometimes do reply, and sometimes sell things reasonably. But isnt it a copy after a print in the National Gallery of Scotland, so maybe not a bargain?

Yes, it is most likely a copy, but still a relatively rare image of Charles. And it looked contemporary too. 

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