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The World’s Most Expensive Art Ian Swankie Thursday 25 April 2019

This lecture is not about the excesses of the top end of the over-heated art market but an excuse to examine some beautiful and varied Art.  These works would not achieve such sky-high prices if they were no good; so be prepared to see some wonderful paintings, including those by Picasso, Cezanne, Klimt, Rembrandt, Modigliani, Bacon and Pollock, all held together by their extraordinary commercial value.  Ian will also look at the buyers and sellers of these works and try to answer the question “Are they really worth hundreds of millions of pounds?”

The lecturer is Ian Swankie.  A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture, Ian is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives tours around each venue. He is also a qualified and active freelance London guide and leads regular tours for various corporations and organisations. Since 2012 he has led a popular weekly independent art lecture group in his home town of Richmond in West London. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, one of the City livery companies.