Art Taipei — Asia's oldest art fair — wrapped up in its time-honored fashion Monday night, with a flurry of last-minute deals that left many of the 124 participant galleries smiling. Grinning most broadly were the local gallerists, whose long-established relationships with Taiwan's coveted collectors gave them the inside track.
Pascal de Sarthe sold six prints from David LaChapelle's 2010 "Bruce Lee" series (which go for $70,000–90,000), while also securing deals on major works by Chinese modern masters Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki (ranging from $900,000 to $5.5 million). At fair's end he was also deep in negotiation on two small sculptures by Bernar Venet.
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