Art Basel Dazzles Collectors

Major art collectors from around the globe descended upon the tiny town of Basel, Switzerland to attend an Olympiads of fine art viewing. Over 60 thousand visitors crammed the Basel Messeplatz to attend this year's art fair.
Participating galleries kept their prices sky-high, as Beijing billionaires, Punjab potentates, and Tashkent tycoons added to the customary collector mix of European industrialists, and plain old-fashioned rich Americans. Estimated total transaction tally for six-day sales spectacular: $2 billion.