In December 2016, Brett Gorvy, then Christie’s top dealmaker, made headlines after selling a 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for more than triple its previous auction record, after casually posting a picture of the work on Instagram. According to reports, Gorvy uploaded the image on Instagram shortly before his plane took off from New York. 16 hours later when he landed in Hong Kong, he’d received messages from three clients with offers to buy the painting.
Written by Helen Ho Contemporary Art Specialist
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