I think America has been infected by something far worse than any flu epidemic or natural disaster. America has decided to take spin, the taking of reality and making of it something that it isn’t, and place it along side truth as a reality of its own making. The Republican administration has been doing it quite well so the rest of American industry is giving it a go, although I have to say that I still remember the photo of those tobacco executives lined up at a congressional enquiry swearing that tobacco causes no harm. Maybe that’s chutzpah, not spin.
I say this because of the article I mentioned in my most recent blog in the New York Times about how the auction houses were calling single owner sales, taste making events. They said that such single owner sales gave a chance for their clients to define their taste by seeing what so and so was putting on the block, whether he was a private individual or a dealer.
Did I read the article correctly? Why not go straight to the dealer? You need to wait until an auction house has a sale of a dealer’s inventory to learn about taste? Is this just a tad illogical? Dealers define taste, that is what their lives are about. That is why they buy and sell. I thought the spin cycle was round and round, but in this case, it is topsy turvy.