The Market: Doubleheader

Auctions are replacing theater openings as the first-nighters' delight. And to capitalize on the trend, Manhattan's Parke-Bernet Galleries last week staged a doubleheader, splitting sales of 130 modern art works with a $50-a-plate black-tie dinner. On hand were such luminaries as A. & P. Heir Huntington Hartford, Playwright Edward Albee, Architects Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe, Baron Heinrich von Thyssen, the Duchess of Leeds and all three Kennedy sisters. Nearly 3,000 potential buyers crammed four floors of the auction house with the spillover relegated to the limbo of nearby Finch College, where they followed the high-tension...

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