Book Chapter

Physical and Epistemic Objects in Museum Conservation Risk Management

E Coslor

Materiality and Managerial Techniques New Perspectives on Organizations, Artefacts and Practices | Springer Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2018


This chapter highlights the paradoxical effects of increased price data in markets with difficult-to-value products where non-price factors are highly relevant. In the fine art market, the growth of market information providers facilitated access to auction price data, beneficial in a market noted for its clandestine dealings. Drawing from inductive ethnographic research, the paper notes complex outcomes from increased data availability, as auction prices can be seen as an indicator of an artwork’s value. The findings deconstruct factors of supply, demand and multiple prices in the art market, highlighting important non-price factors in valuation, which complicate provider claims of art mark..

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