These collections are bang on the money

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These collections are bang on the money

Accidents of history have spurred on some of these remarkable collections being auctioned by Strauss & Co

Chris Thurman

When I call Matthew Partridge, he is standing at the side of the road waiting for a Stuttaford Van Lines truck.

Partridge is a contemporary art specialist with auctioneers Strauss & Co, a role that allows him to apply his expertise to an astonishing array of artworks; it also has a less glamorous side, which involves packing and unpacking boxes, managing deliveries and collections, and explaining the finer points of catalogue auctions and online sales to ignoramus arts writers.

Strauss & Co has another stellar crop of items coming to auction in April, and Partridge is tasked with helping me navigate the catalogue that presents this bounty (627 lots in total). He does so by telling me a little bit about the collectors behind the collections from which the works have come. What emerges is the rather pleasing affirmation that there is no such thing as a “typical” art collector...

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