Art Basel

About 77,000 people attended Art Basel in Miami Beach this year

Opening day at Art Basel on Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.
Opening day at Art Basel on Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Despite heavy rain, Art Basel in Miami Beach attracted about 77,000 visitors this year, according to organizers of South Florida’s premier art fair.

The event, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, ran Thursday through Sunday. This year’s Basel saw everything from the sale of a $15 million Francis Bacon oil painting to a nonfatal stabbing in the heart of the fair itself.

In 2014, organizers said about 73,000 people showed up. The year before, the fair reported 75,000 visitors.

Those numbers do not include the tens of thousands of people who attended the other satellite fairs such as Art Miami and Mana Contemporary that set up shop during Art Week or the countless parties that entertained visitors at night, including an honest-to-goodness orgy in Little Haiti.

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