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November 28, 2013

Not an Art Basel VIP? It's ok. Now you can buy your way into the parties.



Not exactly a new thing, but nonetheless grotesque, some enterprising folks are offering uninvited VIP admission to Art Basel parties to those desperate enough willing to pay the price. They do this at the Academy Awards, too, apparently. But Art Basel, Oscar you are not. We received an email sent to a very reliable source by someone selling entry to Art Basel parties saying, [sic] "Here are some Art Basel access I can have. " And this access does not come cheap. Check out this price list:

Hew Locke Dinner at Soho Beach House in Partnership with Samsung
Dinner, art exhibit and cocktail reception
Maximum 40 guests
Price: On request
Untitled Art Fair Presents Elton John AIDS Foundation / Marina Abromovic Institute Event
Cocktails and canapés for 3 hours with special performances, Art installation by Jacolby Sattewhite
Price: $1,850 per person

VIP Opening to Untitled Art Fair: 3pm – 7pm
Live performances by TM Sisters and Jacolby Satterwhite
Price: $695 per person
Art Miami VIP Preview: 5:30pm -10pm
Price: $695 per person

Stalker Installation Reception: 7pm-9pm
Presented by Maison Martin Margiela & Swarovski
Price: On request

Exclusive Artsy Party at Soho BeachHouse
Celebrities due to attend
Price: $1,850 per person
Moet Presents DJ White Shadow and NAS
Price: ON request
MoMA PS1 pool party
Delano Hotel
Price: On request

Tegan & Sara at VH1 and SCOPE's ART + MUSIC + BEACH Party: 8pm – 12am
Featuring well known musical artist
Price: $995 per person

Art Nexus Anniversary Party: 8pm-11pm
Price: $995 per person 

Whitney Contemporaries cocktail party: 5pm – 7pm
Price: $495 per person

We're sure the party planners will feign surprise and deny any knowledge of this. In fact, organizers of the UNTITLED fair contacted us and said  "The UNTITLED. events mentioned in the article are by invitation only and there is no ticketing for these events."

And don't ask, because we will not provide the contact information to this or any person selling 'access' to parties because, well, if you have to ask how much, you shouldn't be there in the first place.