Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The press reported last week that this pastel by Degas was stolen from a Museum in France. It was worth over a million dollars.
It reminded me of a small Degas I saw hanging on the wall of the toilet, in the house of a notable French couple. I was surprised that it was not displayed more prominently. I bluntly asked to the lady of the house if it was genuine. "I would think so" replied the lady dryly. Then I asked why on earth she did exhibit it in the john.
"I just do not like it," she said.
That is the difference between old money and new money.
Old money, you can't fake it.