Monday, March 4, 2019
Elias Bustamante, rest in peace
This morning I was informed that Mr. Bustamante had died. A grand duke of antique promotion, he conducted himself at all times with the utmost class and dignity. Smart as hell, sharp as a tack. I will remember our long talks before his shows with happiness and joy.
We did many of his shows when we were starting out, far fewer in the latter days. The best part was my interaction with him. He liked talking to me for some reason. A legend, a classic, he taught many what it meant to approach the antique business with integrity and professionalism. And he enjoyed a very interesting life, much of it in service to his country.
Many in my trade owe much to him, for giving dealers an elegant forum to ply their wares and for teaching them how to deal with the public in a satisfactory manner.
He will be greatly missed.
I always enjoyed taking his picture. He liked to stand out and catch a little sunshine in the morning, before the hubbub started. Above I got a rare candid smile one such morning. This is the first time I have ever shared it with anyone.