Samuel Merrin
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The 1990s were a time of dramatic change in the art world, as the market shifted from an established seller's market to one which bent rather suddenly to a more buyer-conducive edge of the tide pool. Major auction houses, such as Sotheby's and Christie's, noticed the change, as did the gaggle of art dealers who frequented their hallowed auction halls.

Although a stark decline in art prices shook the ancient art world in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a few categories of ancient art escaped the sliding trend. Excitement and a rare vigor surrounded the Latin American and pre-Columbian art arena in those days, and art dealers savvy enough to recognize their opportunity enjoyed a tussle characterized by ardency at a time when hesitation and malaise colored other areas of the market. Samuel Merrin saw opportunity at a Sotheby's auction in November of 1990, and his bids remain noteworthy as an illustration of pre-Columbian art's rare hold on the general art market in those days. Samuel exceeded house estimates at this auction, buying 21 works in one night for a sum total of $883,025. With the purchase of more than three-quarters of a million dollars' worth of pre-Columbian art, Samuel helped in setting a landmark record for the time.

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