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September 14, 2006

There will be crowds at Art Basel Miami this year!!

Well.. if yesterdays feverish Christies First Open Contemporary Art sale or Tuesdays Phillips "Under The Influence" Auctions are any indications of how strong the Contemporary Ar market will stay..LOOK OUT!

FYI.. Almost everything sold.. many lots were way over the estimates.. hot bidding was seen for Thomas Ruff, Richard Prince, Rineke Dijkstra, Tom Sachs, Christo, Martin Eder, Susan Rothenberg, David Sale, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring works just to name a few...

Conclusion.. The Contemporary Art Market is as strong as ever!

Artbasel_miamibeach So, being the ever so art obsessed, you always need to think ahead..

Hence, I was just booking a trip to South Beach for early December.  And from what I've just seen this December's Art Basel Miami promises to be jammed packed with the crazed art buying masses. It's three months away, and everything is already booked up!

According to, Turon Travel the official Travel Website for the Art Basel Fair, the following ten South Beach dumpy overpriced  hotels are already completely SOLD OUT for the nights of Dec 6, 7, 8, and 9

  • The Catalina Hotel
  • Dorchester Hotel
  • Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel
  • Lowes Miami Beach
  • Hotel Marseilles
  • The National Hotel
  • The Tides
  • The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
  • The Sagamore
  • The South Seas

But, you'll be relieved to see, The Shore Club still has it's $7,810 per night Penthouse Suit available, by request only!!

Here's a well kept secret I'll reluctantly share..  for those who've never seen this website, www.VRBO.com, is amazing!!  Bookmark it immediately.. This is Vacation Rental By Owner. They have several great condo's for rent by the owners all over the world, many rent for less then $1000 for an entire week! So if you're still looking for a place for your : art handlers, bitchy gallerina, boyfriend, or mistress to stay while you're in The Shore Club Penthouse.. check it out!


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Mike.. you mean you didn't already book the Shore Club, Penthouse for us yet?

I can't wait to relapse!

Kiddin....I can wait :-)

Hey Rocco..
So... Did you buy yours or Sheepy's airplane tickets to SOBE yet?

Yes December 5th to the 9th! HE so better come. Can baby JEw face sleep on the couch by the way?

Uggh, don't share VRBO! My business partner and I always house our rent boys with them. I don't want everyone trying to get in on our tricks! Ours is across from "Tantra", so stay away people!

no specific comments on the nutty Phillip's sale?? C'mon! Some of that crap still had fresh ink on the receipts and was way overhyped to begin with and much came from one collector who surely can't be in a lot of dealer's good books anymore. Surely half the artist's dealers had proxies there pushing the price up. For prime example, lot #3 blew me away - I have yet to find a non-sex obsessed non-gay male who thinks this flaky newby artist's work is anything less than junk; and it went for almost 3x the high estimate! WTF?! Enlighten me pls with your wonderfully snarky insights.

See, this is why I always want my parents to retire to Miami. But they'll have none of it -- they still think of Miami as a backwater, with lime green leisure suits for couture and jello-with-marshmallows posing as cuisine.


There is one more website: http://www.alwaysonvacation.com, who is just more than higher in look, design and technology than http://www.vrbo.com. Not just vacation rental by owner but vacation rental by owner by mind.

Another website with many vacation rental properties is http://www.gulivers.com

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