While millions fret about their jobs, or lack thereof, and governments teeter as they slash expenditures, Christie's reported sales of $5.3 billion dollars for 2010, a 53% increase over 2009 (!), and the highest-ever in the Auction House's history. Sotheby's sales report a similar increase over 2009. Buyers for this caliber Art saw opportunity and acted. The entry of wealthy Chinese industrialists into the market has helped drive prices and volume up.
[From the Australian. ]