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Having a Fool for a Client

Being an Advisor Doesn’t Make Me Immune

BY Allan Schwartzman
co-founder of Art Agency, Partners and chairman of Global Fine Arts at Sotheby's


Photo credit: RTImages/Alamy Stock Photo

I have never understood the simple wisdom of clichés, adages and proverbs (or really what the difference is). I don’t know what it means to save a stitch in time (and probably could never get the hang of it) and, while I understand that ignorance can be bliss, for me it is torture. But there is a saying I do understand: a lawyer who serves himself has a fool for a client. The same just as easily applies to the art advisor. Indeed, I may well be that fool.

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