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  • She's one of the most influential – and most stylish – women in the world of contemporary art. EMILY CRONIN talks collecting, creativity and fashion with the powerhouse that is LAURA PAULSON

    Photographs by Trent McGinn

    To the list of pursuits certain to set hearts racing – skydiving, gambling and sample-sale shopping among them – add one more: art auctioneering.

    “I thought I might be having a heart attack during the Victor and Sally Ganz sale,” says Laura Paulson, Deputy Chairman of Christie's Americas, recalling the major contemporary art auction from 1997. Bidding on Eva Hesse's Unfinished, untitled, or not yet sculpture on behalf of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, she was unaware that the museum

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    NAME: Laura Paulson

    PROFESSION: Deputy Chairman, Christie's Americas & Senior International Director, Post-War & Contemporary Art

    MY FAVORITE FOOTWEAR: Low-heeled slingbacks so I can move around quickly

    THE LABELS I LOVE: Prada, Jason Wu, Saint Laurent

    MY FAIL-SAFE PIECE IS: A little black dress

    Dress by Bottega Veneta; sandals by Gucci

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