Educate yourself. I am here to teach and you are here to find those truffles that are cool enough, rare enough and worth your time enough for me to ask you to listen. Although we are based in L.A. and focus on L.A. truffles … we always include anything on the level of … well. this. Note: I was suppose to be here today but the town was literally sold out months in advance and all the options anywhere near the fair (within 30 mins) were the most random funky gross hotels I’ve ever seen .
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Maastricht makes Basel look like a coloring camp
2. 99% of attendees to Maastricht fly in on private plane (land in Maastricht-Aachen airport)
3. Maastricht is in the Netherlands near Amsterdam
4. 100% of collectors bring museum directors as their art advisors
5. The custom is for collectors to also allow their advisor to select a piece for their museum which the buyer gives as a gift or gives ‘on loan’
6. Maastricht art fair lasts 10 days (March 18 – 27)
7. “serious fair for serious buyers” – can’t remember who said this, may have been me
8. $2 billion of fine art is bought and sold; prices range from a few hundred dollars to $90 million
9. Maastricht happens in conjunction with “tulip season”
10. Tulip season is when the entire floral industry floods into Holland to bid on flowers and bulbs for what looks like a morning at the New York Stock Exchange. times ten. thousand.
What you can find:
Rembrandt, Breugel, Rubense, Picasso, Matisse, Bracques, Graff diamonds, manuscripts, Han Dynasty tomb figures …
Past attendees of note:
Auction house Sotheby’s sends its European chairman, Henry Wyndham.