Friday, 25 October 2013

Top Bint

The UK's ArtReview magazine has published its 2013 Power 100 (CLICK). These are the top 100 movers and shakers in the international art market, ranked according to their influence and/or buying power. Top of this year's list is a bint: Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bint al-Thani (2008). She's the sister of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, and is head of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) with an estimated $1 billion per year to spend on art! This is 3 times what MoMA spent last year and 175 times what Tate spent! No wonder Moneybags Hirst hotfooted it to Qatar to unveil his The Miraculous Journey, to mount an exhibition and to stay with the Qatar royal family (CLICK). Picasso's Child with a Dove also went to Qatar this year (CLICK). And the QMA outbid Larry Gagosian and William Acquavella to buy Cézanne's Card Players for £158m, making it the world's most expensive daub sold at auction (CLICK).


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