Tuesday, January 30, 2007


When Ronald Lauder, heir to the Este Lauder fortune first visited Serge Sabrasky, a New York dealer of Austrian and German art, he asked if he knew of any American collectors of Klimt or Schiele.
“I know of two,” Sabrasky said.
“There’s also me and my brother,” said Lauder.
“I already counted both of you,” Sabrasky replied.
Reported in Rebecca Mead’s An acquiring eye: Ronald Lauder’s career in collecting art in The New Yorker, 15 January 2007. Lauder recently paid $US 135 million for Klimt’s Adel Bloch-Bauer I