Going Once, a Memoir of Art, Society, and Charity, Signed by Robert Woolley
[Signed] Woolley, Robert. Going Once, A Memoir of Art, Society, and Charity. First Edition. 1995. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition. Book is inscribed, “Dear Dolores, Enjoy! Woolley” on the page following the flyleaf and signed by Robert Woolley (without inscription) on the title page.
Robert Woolley is one of the forgotten treasures from the Nouvelle Society 1980s and the decade that followed. In this memoir, the tells the story of his rise from middle class youth to pre-eminent Sotheby’s auctioneer and popular man about town. The book is full of witticisms and insight. One bluestocking reviewer criticized Woolley for superficiality. Perhaps she was the one without the depth—unable to appreciate the complexities and nuances of his world.
“What are three things beginning with the letter d that are good for the auction business? . . . death, divorce, and debt.”