The Artsy Podcast, No. 53: Is the Art Market Irrational?

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Who decides how much an artwork is worth? And is that price tag rational? On this episode, we’re joined by economist Don Thompson, whose latest book The Orange Balloon Dog explores the inner workings of the contemporary art market. From ’s monumental sculpture that set auction records in 2013 to the upcoming sale of ’s Salvator Mundi, we discuss how the massive sums paid for artworks are determined across auction houses, art fairs, and private deals.

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Executive Editor Alex Forbes and author and economist Don Thompson. It was produced by Associate Editor Abigail Cain.
Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free
Cover image: Photo by Mary Turner, via Getty Images.