Here's a tale from the opening night. In 1990 I painted a triptych for a patron in London. It was a huge commission in scale, location and possibility. The panels were 10 x 6, it was hung in the Adelphi Building in John Adam St, just off the Strand. As I was in London I swung by the Adelphi to see if it was still there as I understood the building had changed hands. I was saddened to see it had gone. C'est la vie.
So, I'm at the opening and man and his wife introduce themselves. They have some of my paintings they are keen to show me. We shoot the breeze and he from nowhere mentions the Adelphi paintings. Turns out he was the agent who oversaw the sale of the building for it's owner, Bob Manoukian, the guy who commissioned the triptych. The building sold for £350,000,000! However there were strings attached, the first was that the Armenian flag should continue to fly over the Adelphi, the second was that Bob kept the triptych. They may be in a shed somewhere, but they'll be in Bob's shed.
To say I was happy was an understatement. I even had a second glass of champagne.