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Ben Lewis Investigates the Rise and Fall of the Contemporary Art Market

London art critic and film-maker Ben Lewis stands outside Christie's

LONDON.- The contemporary art boom is now over, but
between 2003 and Autumn 2008 the world witnessed a craze for collecting
contemporary art unprecedented in history.
During the last
frenzied year of this boom, art critic and film-maker Ben Lewis followed
the contemporary art market, traveling to art fairs, auctions, museums,
and the offices and homes of billionaire art collectors,, interviewing
dealers, auctioneers, gallery-owners, art market analysts and art
collectors, trying to find out the reasons behind this historic