The 350,000 Percent Rise of Christopher Wool's Masterpiece Painting

One work’s 350,000 percent rise through the booming art market
Illustration by Aisha Franz

Art dealer Christophe Van de Weghe strode into Christie’s auction house in New York with orders from a mystery client. His mission that night, Nov. 12, 2013, was to buy a specific painting—for which the client was willing to pay an astonishingly high price. “He gave me a number, and he had me bid on it,” Van de Weghe recalls. “He really wanted to have it.” The work was called Apocalypse Now.

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