from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A room in which items are displayed and offered for sale or auction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The room where sales are made
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sale-room.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an area where merchandise (such as cars) can be displayed
The salesroom was a flurry of activity when the 2nd Cavalry Regimental Colors, circa 1884, came on the block.
After opening a salesroom in Beverly Hills in 1997, Christie's closed the outpost two years ago, finding that its auctions there weren't generating significant revenue.
The winner was a Chinese man who wore blue jeans and cradled a cell phone to his ear as he bid from his seat in the house's Manhattan salesroom.
But the mood in the packed salesroom felt fickle off and on, with 15 of the sale's 59 works going unsold—a sign that seasoned buyers crave masterpieces and are willing to bypass anything deemed ho-hum.
The mood in the auction house's Rockefeller Center salesroom was tentative at the start, but the bidding perked up within minutes and remained relatively deep for much of the sale's two-hour stretch.
Elsewhere in the sale, four bidders chased after Christopher Wool 's overlapping floral bouquet from 1993, "Untitled P 177," and a bidder sitting in the salesroom with his ear craned to a cell phone got it for $2.2 million.
Last month, Mr. Yang arrived at a Beijing luxury hotel and made his way into the packed salesroom of Poly, China's biggest auction house.
The mood in the Sotheby's salesroom started out upbeat, its seats packed with collectors like Los Angeles billionaire Eli Broad, designer Valentino Garavani, Dallas collector Howard Rachofsky and Miami collectors Don and Mera Rubell.
Christie's Rockefeller Center salesroom was standing-room only for much of the night, with actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Lukas Haas taking seats alongside Greek industrialist Dakis Joannou and New York hedge-fund managers Steve Cohen and David Ganek .
The whipsaw week may still leave collectors questioning the long-term trajectory of the overall art market, but the mood in Sotheby's York Avenue salesroom was palpably lively, with four or five bidders often locking horns over individual works.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.