BRITAIN: The Sale of the Century

The Von Hirsch collection stirs a buying storm

"I want people to love and fight for my things just the way I did."

—Art Collector Robert von Hirsch

And fight they did. For what the London auction house of Sotheby Parke Bernet billed as the "sale of the century," dealers, museum directors and assorted collectors from all over the world converged on the British capital to join in a buying spree whose force startled even the more jaded veterans of the polished world of high-priced art. To be sure, nothing like the colossal 700-work collection...

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