As we learned in Mat’s roundtable, people are spending unbelievable amounts of money on art. In class we spent most of the time discussing art’s liquidity, and the idea that it is only taxed once. The major conclusion we came to was that the rich wanted wealth in something other then money in case anything goes wrong with the monetary system, but I have a different idea. Maybe people actually like art. But only the rich have money to buy the expensive art. Also many people enjoy auctions. The commotion of Auctions, and the thrill of so much money makes the art exciting to buy and overpay for. Though I am sure the liquidity of art is maters to many of the buyers, but my two other points must be major contributors to the overpricing of art as well.
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