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Barker Lark: Oliver Makes Auctions Fun Again at Sotheby’s Revival Meeting (aka Contemporary Sale)

At last, someone knows how to play this game: It’s Oliver Barker, the Sotheby’s auctioneer who succeeded in whipping up a spirited $284.54-million Contemporary Art sale tonight (preceded by the Mandel Collection‘s $107.8-million opening act), playing the crowd with cheery exhortations, while moving things briskly along.

Oliver Barker of Sotheby’s
Screenshot from tonight’s Contemporary Art sale

The hammer total for the Contemporary sale was $246.3 million, within the presale estimate of $207.7-285.6 million. The Mandel hammer total was $91.95 million, within the $72.9-105.3 million presale estimate.

Here’s my running Twitter account of the lively, high-spirited proceedings:


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