Exploring auction houses

Exploring auction houses

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On May 24, members of the media met at the Salcedo Auctions, the only internationally recognized auction house in the country. Organized by Sony Channel, the event gave members of the press a glimpse into the exciting and progressive world of buying and selling rare collectors’ items, art pieces, jewelry and other valuable properties.

Though auction houses are relatively unpopular in the country, it’s good to note that there are a few number of people, mostly elite, who flock to auction houses to sell and buy items at incredibly absurd prices. Hence, Salcedo Auctions was a logical setting for Sony Channel to also introduce its original production, The Art of More, which talks about, well, big money.

The Art of More premiered on Sony Channel on May 24. The one-hour drama explores the foible and surprisingly ruthless world of premium auction houses, filled with smugglers, hustlers, power mongers and collectors of the beautiful and the bizarre. It follows a blue-collar young man, Graham Connor (Christian Cooke), who leverages his way into this exclusive existence by utilizing his connections to the antiquities black market he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq.

Dennis Quaid, also as the executive producer, stars as the charismatic real estate shark Samuel Brukner who has a penchant for ill-gotten art. Brukner is the life of the party, but when it comes to his money, he can be ruthless, shrewd and corrupt.  Kate Bosworth plays Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses — and a leading account executive. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right.

The Art of More airs weekly on Sony Channel seen on SKYCable Ch 35; Cable Link Ch. 39; Destiny Cable Ch 62; and Cignal Ch 60.

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