Taiwan and Japan share similarity in the trend of collecting andsince Buffet is revered in Japan, it is no wonder that it has its ownstable pool of collectors in Taiwan.he artist devoted his entire life to painting, which lasted for 50odd years. His paintings are estimated to number around 8,000, with a great number of print, illustration and graphic designincluded. His lithographs are highly commended, with work fromthe 1940s and 50s commanding the best critique from marketxperts. The favourite themes with the Taiwanese are clown incircus, matador, portrait, landscape, flower and still-life.
Bibliography is an important aspect to the market dealers. TheCatalogue Raisonne entitled Bernard Buffet (in two volumes) ed-ited by Maurice Gamier and published by Yann le Pichon is thereference material used the most by art dealers and collectors.However, this book contains only oil pieces from the period before 1981, yet Buffet continued to paint quite an enormous amountof work after that period. Besides, cataloging early paintings by Buffet which did not pass through the hands ofGarnier is extremelydifficult. Hence Cornierand the widow of Buffetare now collaborating ona sequence to CatalogueRaisonne.
Cornier is a Parisian artdealer whose friendshipwith Buffet began in thelate 1940s. On the eve of Buffet's suicide in 1999he had phoned Garnier toinform him of his intention a fact which Gamier had an inkling of, because the last series ofwork done by Buffet is entitled La mortDeath, and the latter haddeclared that the solo show in 2000 would be his last. On ac-count of the 50 year friendship between the two men and hisfamiliarity with the work of Buffet, Gamier 's certificate of authenticity is a reliable credible document of authentication.
An overview of the market performance of Buffet reveals that sincethe surge in the art scene in the 19405 and the listing on the top10 artists in 1955, the market of Buffet has enloyed satisfactory performances at Drouant-David's gallery and Galene Charpentier.In 19505, the highest price a Buffet fetched could run up to 1million French francs, equivalent to US$200,000. At the sametime, thejapanese discovered an Oriental flavour in the crisscrossing of black and white lines in the work of Buffet and predictedts popularity in their country. The Japanese art dealers target en-trepreneurs as their clients, which explained why Kiichiro Okano,the bass of Suruga Bank, would buy up to a few hundred Buffetcontinuously and even set up a museum in honour of Buffet in1973.
With the entry of the Japanese collectors, the market of Buffet eaked in 1989 and 1990. At present the highest records are:Scene de rue (97.2x 130.2 cm, 1956) fetched US$797,500at Sotheby's New York on 26th February 1990, La placeVendome (96.5x] 30.1cm, 1962), US$770,000 at Christie'sNew York on 26th February 1990. Both pieces are landscapepaintings of cities and both have the size of 60, setting newrecords on the same day. In addition, Christen croix1163x153cm, 1946) sets the highest auction sale record in the$502,975.