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A feature of the art market boom is the abandonment of local and national affiliations among collectors. So why can't Saatchi move further than SW3?

By Ben Lewis   February 2006

The record figures for sales and attendance at the Basel-Miami art fair in December demonstrated not only that the boom in the art market is still with us, but that it is reversing many of the traditional relationships within the contemporary art world. It’s not just the relationship between gallerist and collector, in which the gallerist, overwhelmed by eager buyers for his roster of emerging artists, now decides if the collector is important enough to sell a work of art to. There’s a second relationship that has changed—the one between millionaire collector and public art museum.

In the old days,…

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