Many of the paintings, by relatively little-known Symbolist artists such as Carl Prieur and Louis Picard, were bought at a sale at Christie's in December 1989. A former Christie's employee remembers taking bids on the phone from Nadir. After the tycoon had bid hard and high for a number of such pics, the Christie's man remarked: 'You seem to be fond of redheads.' There followed a deathly silence before he resumed his bidding.
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