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The Art World’s High-Roller Specialist - WSJ - WSJ
Nov. 6, 2014 | WSJ | By KELLY CROW.

Ms. Xin is a leading player in the art business’s central game right now: a race to match a small number of $10 million-plus masterpieces with a small number of mega-collectors, who are increasingly coming from Asia.

Ms. Xin is one of the latest auction stars to emerge amid this high-stakes backdrop. Her profile rocketed after she helped her contemporary-art clients place bids or win half of Christie’s top 10 priciest works in May. Nearly 6 feet tall, she was easy to spot standing between colleagues in the saleroom’s phone banks, wielding three cellphones at a time and lobbing bids at a regular clip. By sale’s end, she helped her Chinese clients win as much as $236 million of art. François Curiel, a four-decade veteran of the firm, said he’s never seen one specialist account for that large a haul in a sale.

Ms. Xin’s quick ascent comes amid China’s expanding clout on the global art stage. Most specialists are art experts who build up a career doggedly over decades. Ms. Xin, however, never saw a work of art until she was 19. But since she joined the auction business nearly seven years ago, she has homed in on finding masterpieces—and collectors who could afford them.
art  art_advisory  auctions  China  Chinese  Christie's  collectibles  collectors  economic_clout  high_net_worth  match-making  Sotheby's 
november 2014 by jerryking
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