Monday, November 12, 2007
Is this the ghost of Diana Brooks?
Yesterday's Guardian report on the disastrous results at Sotheby's recent Impressionist and Modern auction included an image (left) of a vaguely familiar, pink-suited, blonde-helmeted woman conducting the auction.
Could this, by chance, be disgraced former Sotheby's CEO Diana 'DeDe' Brooks, sentenced in May 2002 to six months house arrest, a $350,000 fine and 1,000 hours of community service for her part in the Sotheby's/Christie's price-fixing scandal? Surely she's not back on the rostrum? Could this explain why Sotheby's share price has just taken such a hammering?
Er, no. Sotheby's high-end Impressionist and Modern sales are now invariably conducted by the flamboyant Tobias Meyer whose magical gavel clearly failed to work its usual magic at the recent New York auction.
So why is the Guardian using an old archive photo signifying one of the darkest episodes in Sotheby's history and which led to a plummeting share-price?