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March 20, 2000 Issue

"It's kind of crazy: I had dinner at Nobu on Monday, but I don't have enough money to buy socks."
-- Assistant media planner Chris Foreman, "Nice Work -- If You Can Afford It"

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FEATURES
The Auction House Rules
BY CHRISTOPHER MASON

The auction world's cloak of gentility was ripped away when Christie's admitted that it was cooperating with a Justice Department price-fixing probe and Sotheby's president Alfred Taubman and CEO Dede Brooks fell on their antique swords. But their old-money monopoly on taste had been unraveling for years, as the Internet began to make buying-by-bid both digital and -- gasp -- democratic.

Nice Work -- If You Can Afford It
BY SARAH BERNARD

Their days are spent toiling in the cubicles of the entertainment-industrial complex, their nights sipping wine at A-list publicity parties. Meet the Poverty Elite, the junior media types who enjoy Le Cirque lunches, Vail vacations, and even Louis Vuitton wallets -- without any money to put in them.

Post-Up Girl
BY MARK JACOBSON

As the NBA searches for the next Michael Jordan, the next Chamique Holdsclaw may well be a Catholic-school girl from that b-ball breeding ground by the sea, Rockaway Beach.

Fur-Coat Models
BY WILLIAM WEGMAN

In a portfolio from his new book, the photographer celebrates the glamorous side of his favorite models.

GOTHAM
Al D'Amato and Ed Koch mouth off
GOTHAM STYLE From the fairway to the runway, golf swings

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL WITH IAN SPIEGELMAN

Media
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

If CEOs are the new rock stars, does that make Fortune the new Rolling Stone?

The National Interest
BY LAWRENCE O'DONNELL

Giuliani has won the war on crime -- but after Diallo, he's losing the peace

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY CORKY POLLAN

TSE's cashmere spinoff; tables that are tops; laughing glasses

Smart City
BY MARION MANEKER

The finer points of a made-to-measure trunk show

Sales & Bargains
BY SHYAMA PATEL

April showers bring a crop of hip, affordable trenches

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

Roman Polanski and the Devil are at it again

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Unstrung: Modern composer and avant-garde troupe don't mix

Art
BY MARK STEVENS

The inspired work of a sculptor you've probably never heard of

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Paul Taylor gracefully explores the power of symmetry

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Grand Central Terminal adds two more gems to its culinary crown

CUE
Joan Jett at the Roxy; Julia Roberts saves the day in Erin Brockovich; William H. Macy and David Mamet; Karenna Gore Schiff at the 92nd Street Y; the strange sexual habits of suburbanites; reveling in the delights of Gyroland

Classifieds
Strictly Personals

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