A Boatload of Art
Voyage of the Art Barge
Is a boatload of galleries an idea that will float?
"Did you ever think it would be this big?” says David Lester, a large man in a short-sleeved oxford, pointing at a 228-foot yacht that's swarming with workers in a Miami shipyard. Lester, the founder of the Palm Beach International Fine Art and Antique Fair, is placing a $60 million bet that brokering high-end art on a high-end boat will become a lucrative new wave in the art market. “Up in Greenwich,” he says, perspiring in the 90-degree heat, “they don’t know what’s coming.”