Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio.
Anderson posted a photo to his IG account today about a piece of art...
and according to artnews.com, he bought it for $275,000 on Friday. ~
TEFAF OPENS FIRST NEW YORK FAIR WITH ANDERSON COOPER BUYING $275,000 OLD MASTER AS OYSTER SHUCKERS WORK THE AISLES
What’s more, there were actual sales to be had, even in the opening hours, especially impressive given the fact that Old Master collectors are usually more likely to linger over potential purchases, rather than impulse-buy an ancient Greek bust, many dealers said. Sure, maybe exhibitors weren’t selling out their booths, but the feeling conveyed by each one was that a new iteration of TEFAF could offer something different in an overcrowded fair season, and the high turnout on a rainy Friday was just one of the reasons it appears this very European fair will work in New York City.
Anderson Cooper, for instance, took some time off from covering this increasingly out-of-control presidential election to swing by the Armory on his lunch break and purchase a work at the Otto Naumann Ltd. booth: Anton Raphael Mengs’s Portrait of Mariana de Silva y Sarmiento, Duquesa de Huescar, for $275,000.
“My partner collects Old Masters—I collect more contemporary, but at a certain point, you can collect both,” Cooper said, while standing in front of the Mengs, which many at the fair recognized from its prominent inclusion in the Met Breur’s inaugural show, “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible”—the Duquesa’s face is blank, smeared off, giving the work a chilling postmodern feel.
When asked how he had time to come down from the CNN offices in the Time Warner Center, drop a few hundred grand on a painting, and then head back to work to film Anderson Cooper: 360 during the run-up to this election, he looked at his watch.
“I have to go back in like ten minutes, actually,” he said. “Really quick tour.”
(A source at CNN confirmed later that afternoon that Cooper had, in fact, returned to his desk shortly after.)
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