How (droit de) suite is it?

A promising young artist sells her work to a supportive collector for a modest price. Subsequently, the artist’s career develops, with the support of a good gallerist, and prices for her work rise steadily. A number of years later, the collector sells the piece at auction, earning a handsome profit, which, of course, the collector pockets while congratulating himself on having such a good eye and making such a shrewd purchase all those years ago.

It is a story that is common across the art world, and in particular in…

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