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Robert Lacey's 1998 book

The scoop on Sotheby's

Get some background on the Sotheby's-Christie's collusion scandal by checking out Robert Lacey's 1998 work Sotheby's: Bidding for Class. The book chronicles the world's oldest auction house from its modest beginnings in 1744 to the highly-publicized Jacqueline Onassis auction. In between, Lacey takes on Sotheby's leaders, such as the notoriously amoral Peter Wilson and the American shopping mall magnate A. Alfred Taubman, who recently stepped down as board chairman. A review from Kirkus notes: "Lacey... is truly equipped to deal with Sotheby's colorful directors and employees... and its sharp, sometimes dubious business practices in pursuing its ruthless rivalry with Christie's."
Sotheby's: Bidding for Class, Robert Lacey, Little, Brown and Company, 1998, 352 pages.