Join us for MBA Spotlight – The Top 20 MBA Fair      Schedule of Events | Register

 It is currently 06 Jun 2020, 06:06

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Intern
Joined: 05 Jul 2012
Posts: 12
Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

Updated on: 17 Jun 2013, 23:05
3
16
00:00

Difficulty:

55% (hard)

Question Stats:

60% (01:47) correct 40% (01:58) wrong based on 1046 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when making significant purchases or sales related to their collections. At art auctions, for example, these collectors often place anonymous bids for major artwork. Therefore, the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective.
B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase.
C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork.
D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors.
E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings.

Originally posted by espa on 17 Jun 2013, 23:00.
Last edited by Zarrolou on 17 Jun 2013, 23:05, edited 1 time in total.
Director
Status: Far, far away!
Joined: 02 Sep 2012
Posts: 998
Location: Italy
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GPA: 3.8
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

17 Jun 2013, 23:16
4
1
Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion that the whereabouts of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown

A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective.
CORRECT, this does not weaken the conclusion.
B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase.
Hence the location is know if the collector publicize his new purcheses.
C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork.
If this is true, than the location of the most valuable work is know: the museums.
D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors.
If this is true, (the number of serious art collectors is little) then the number of valuable work whose whereabouts is unknown is little (it's reasonable to conclude so).
E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings.
If they display them in public, then the location is know.

For me it was between A and D. If we analyze D closely, we can assume something that weakens the conclusion, but the info contained in A does not allow us to infer anything.
##### General Discussion
Board of Directors
Joined: 01 Sep 2010
Posts: 3493
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Jun 2013, 10:13
Zarrolou wrote:
Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion that the whereabouts of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown

A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective.
CORRECT, this does not weaken the conclusion.
B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase.
Hence the location is know if the collector publicize his new purcheses.
C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork.
If this is true, than the location of the most valuable work is know: the museums.
D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors.
If this is true, (the number of serious art collectors is little) then the number of valuable work whose whereabouts is unknown is little (it's reasonable to conclude so).
E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings.
If they display them in public, then the location is know.

For me it was between A and D. If we analyze D closely, we can assume something that weakens the conclusion, but the info contained in A does not allow us to infer anything.

Quote:
Therefore, the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.

I agree. D was a little tricky........a close look leads you to A
_________________
Manager
Joined: 21 Jan 2010
Posts: 229
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

18 Jun 2013, 16:48
espa wrote:
Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when making significant purchases or sales related to their collections. At art auctions, for example, these collectors often place anonymous bids for major artwork. Therefore, the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective.
B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase.
C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork.
D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors.
E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings.

Generally for except questions, i think the best to attack is to think without except mark. So, think of the answers that weaken the conclusion and answer accordingly.
A) Doesn't hurt the conclusion which says you can't find people who buys these popular art pieces or u can't find that art.
B)Hurt's you know where to find them. gone
C)Well if museums owns them than you can find them.gone
D)So you know the serious buyers. gone.
E)art is displayed publicly. gone
Retired Moderator
Joined: 23 Jul 2010
Posts: 412
GPA: 3.4
WE: General Management (Non-Profit and Government)
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

31 Oct 2013, 01:53
1
3
Bumping for review and further discussion*.

Theory on Weaken the Argument Questions
Manhattan Gmat
Stacy Manhattan Gmat
Stacy Manhattan Gmat
Mangoosh GMAT
Knewton
e-gmat

Thursdays with Ron video sessions (Weaken and Strengthen questions)

Souvik's Article
Veritas prep
Manager
Joined: 09 Apr 2013
Posts: 93
Location: India
WE: Supply Chain Management (Consulting)
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

19 Nov 2013, 10:43
Yes. I agree with u. It is easy to get lost with the options especially in "except" questions and the best way to tackle these questions is by not hanging too much with the word "except". Try to find and eliminate the answer choices that best address the question stem without "except". Answer choices that are irrelevant or have no effect on the conclusion are the real contenders. However, I feel questions of these type are really time consuming.

Bluelagoon wrote:
espa wrote:
Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when making significant purchases or sales related to their collections. At art auctions, for example, these collectors often place anonymous bids for major artwork. Therefore, the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion above EXCEPT:

A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective.
B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase.
C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork.
D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors.
E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings.

Generally for except questions, i think the best to attack is to think without except mark. So, think of the answers that weaken the conclusion and answer accordingly.
A) Doesn't hurt the conclusion which says you can't find people who buys these popular art pieces or u can't find that art.
B)Hurt's you know where to find them. gone
C)Well if museums owns them than you can find them.gone
D)So you know the serious buyers. gone.
E)art is displayed publicly. gone
Intern
Joined: 20 Jan 2013
Posts: 40
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 740 Q49 V41
GPA: 3.42
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

12 Mar 2014, 12:30
carcass wrote:
Zarrolou wrote:
Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion that the whereabouts of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown

A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective.
CORRECT, this does not weaken the conclusion.
B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase.
Hence the location is know if the collector publicize his new purcheses.
C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork.
If this is true, than the location of the most valuable work is know: the museums.
D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors.
If this is true, (the number of serious art collectors is little) then the number of valuable work whose whereabouts is unknown is little (it's reasonable to conclude so).
E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings.
If they display them in public, then the location is know.

For me it was between A and D. If we analyze D closely, we can assume something that weakens the conclusion, but the info contained in A does not allow us to infer anything.

Quote:
Therefore, the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.

I agree. D was a little tricky........a close look leads you to A

If the value of a peice of art is purely subjective, then there is no clear definition/criteria for most "valuable" artwork. And if there is no most valuable artwork then it can't be concluded that the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.. This question is indeed tricky. Can anyone properly justify option A?
_________________
http://gmatclub.com/forum/collection-of-the-best-gmat-resources-167295.html#p1329720

May we all emerge victorious
Senior Manager
Joined: 15 Sep 2011
Posts: 301
Location: United States
WE: Corporate Finance (Manufacturing)
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

12 Mar 2014, 14:42
anindame wrote:

If the value of a piece of art is purely subjective, then there is no clear definition/criteria for most "valuable" artwork. And if there is no most valuable artwork then it can't be concluded that the whereabouts of most of the world's most valuable artwork is probably unknown.. This question is indeed tricky. Can anyone properly justify option A?

We cannot look for the perfect answer because there are none. Still, the best answer among the bunch is A.
A) The value of a piece of art is purely subjective. The value of art does not affect the conclusion at all, since serious collectors make "significant" purchases and often do so anonymously. Thus, the criteria for the value of the piece of art has no significance in the argument -- it's practially neutral. If "significant" pieces are in fact worthless, the remaining, valuable pieces of artwork are likely to be purchased and still be unknown.

B) Serious art collectors usually publicize their new artwork several months after making a purchase. Weakens. Publicizing <> unknown.

C) Museums own the vast majority of the world's most valuable artwork. Weakens. Vast majority of art is in fact known.

D) Of all the individuals in the world who own extremely valuable artwork, only a few are considered serious art collectors. Weakens. If only a few collectors are art collectors and they hold some artwork, then the location of most of the valuable artwork is probably known.

E) The private collections of most serious individual art collectors are often displayed in public settings. Weaken. Public settings <> unknown.

I hope this helps.
Manager
Status: folding sleeves up
Joined: 26 Apr 2013
Posts: 120
Location: India
Concentration: Finance, Strategy
GMAT 1: 530 Q39 V23
GMAT 2: 560 Q42 V26
GPA: 3.5
WE: Consulting (Computer Hardware)
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Oct 2014, 11:26
1
are you sure this is 700 level question?

For the first time I am able to solve a CR with proper line of reasoning.

Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 9085
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

15 Jul 2019, 05:16
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Re: Serious individual art collectors are usually discreet when   [#permalink] 15 Jul 2019, 05:16