[“It’s not that wealth is inherently interesting,” said Ingrid Dudek, a 32-year-old specialist in Asian contemporary art at Christie’s who recently spent a week in St.-Tropez, most of it holed up at a client’s house, appraising millions of dollars worth of objects. “You get to do projects, see collections you never thought you’d ever see. You get a little giddy.”]

Auctionistas, feeling the pressure.