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Guatemalan cemetery; Art auctions

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 March 2013

Art Auctions - How do auctioneers and buyers transact sales in seconds? Laurie Taylor hears from Professor Christian Heath who discusses his detailed study into the tools and techniques which lead to the strike of a hammer. They're joined by the arts writer and critic, Georgina Adam. Also, the Guatemalan cemetery with no more room. The growth of the city combined with high death and murder rates means the cemetery is overflowing. The anthropologist, Kevin O'Neill, talks about the harsh effects of an aggressive policy of disinterment when poor relatives can't pay the dues.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Kevin Lewis O'Neill

    Assistant Professor, Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

    Find out more about Kevin Lewis O'Neill



    Abstract: “There Is No More Room: Cemeteries, Personhood, and Bare Death

    doi: 10.1177/1466138111435751 Ethnography December 2012 vol. 13 no. 4 510-530



  • Christian Heath

    Professor of Work and Organisation and leads the Work, Interaction and Technology Research Centre, King’s College London


    Find out more about Christian Heath


    The Dynamics of Auction: Social Interaction and the Sale of Fine Art and Antiques
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN-10: 0521767407
    ISBN-13: 978-0521767408

  • Georgina Adam

    Arts writer and critic

    Find out more about Georgina Adam


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