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Christopher Mason

March 7, 2005 | Feature
She Can't Be Bought

You want a Mehretu? A Hirst? A Koons? Fat chance. A much-watched lawsuit is exposing the painful truth of this overheated market: It takes more than money to buy a hot piece of art.

April 12, 2004 | Feature
Master Class

Too much beige: interior decorator Albert Hadley has some strong words for young designers.

March 15, 2004 | Feature
The Loyalist

A friend defends a friend.

November 13, 2000 | Feature
Bidding Wars: Go Ask Alice
November 6, 2000 | Feature
Bidding Wars: Phillips Scores Star Gaveler
October 23, 2000 | Feature
Social Justice: Artful Dodgers
October 2, 2000 | Feature
A Bid Too Far

Aggressive auction houses are making a grab for a bigger slice of the art pie, especially the piping-hot contemporary market. Can dealers compete in a bubble that produces $1.7 million for porcelain kitsch? Or will everyone take a bath?

March 20, 2000 | Feature
Prix Fixe?

The price-fixing scandal embroiling the world's two most venerable auction houses is more than indecorous -- it might mean actual jail time. And it also raises the question: Does a true gentleman turn state's evidence?

January 24, 2000 | Feature
A Cool Hand and a Keno Eye

Talk about great performances: Antiques Roadshow has become public TV's top-rated program and made stars of dealers Leigh and Leslie Keno. Now they're riding a seller's market ($8.25 million for a Queen Anne secretary?) right into the Winter Antiques Show.