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Monster Sales That Are Already Shaking Art Basel

Art Basel, the art fair that all other art fairs want to be like when they grow up, opened to the general public Thursday. Though the event has been known for its uncommon ritziness, even by art fair standards, the string of reported sales have been so big you can almost imagine Knight Ranger playing a high-distortion guitar riff, off in the distance, when the collector signed the check. A few of these Earth-shakers, after the jump, should assure readers that the art market in northern Switzerland is indeed ready to rock.

Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue, 2013. Video (color, sound), 13 min.

Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue, 2013. Video (color, sound), 13 min.

[Image via Galerie Kamel Mennour]

Earlier this month in Venice, judges awarded the Silver Lion for best promising young artist to Camille Henrot for her video series Grosse Fatigue. Riding this wave of enthusiasm, Paris Galerie Kamel Mennour sold six of Henrot’s nine limited-edition copies of the video for €30-50,000 ($39,800-66,400) apiece.

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