Black Market Grows Around National Gallery's Leonardo Show

By M@ Last edited 78 months ago
Black Market Grows Around National Gallery's Leonardo Show

Got your ticket for the National Gallery's Leonardo show yet? Although the exhibition runs until 5 February, all advance tickets have now been sold.

In fact, the blockbuster is proving so popular that something of a black market is opening up. According to the BBC, resales on Ebay and Viagogo are hitting the £400 mark (legitimate tickets cost £16).

The gallery says that reselling tickets breaches the terms and conditions of sale, and such second-hand passes will be cancelled without refund (despite the practice being commonplace in other spheres of entertainment). It's not known how they will identify the illicit goods.

Although advance tickets are now out of the question a small number of on-the-day allocations are available. Alternatively, get a job at the gallery and see as much as you like.

Last Updated 24 November 2011


The staff might not be able to see it as much as they like. Staff at the BM didn't have to pay but most did have to queue for tickets for the the terracotta warriors a couple of years ago; so the NG might be limiting staff access to Leonardo.

It's not like that at all museums of course. I heard the curatorial staff at the Horniman regularly have sleepovers in the walrus.

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This particular work is considered to be from the studio of Verrocchio not a solo work by Leonardo da Vinci.


Yes, get a job at the gallery and be treated like trash!