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Art Of The Steal: Inside The Sotheby's-Christie's Auction House Scandal
by Christopher Mason
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons 2004
Category: Non-fiction20th centuryPhotography/Art/Design
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The Art of the Steal is the explosive inside story--the only book to tell the whole truth and dish the dirt--of one of the most fascinating big-business trials of the new century--the price-fixing scandal that rocked the auction world and put one of the richest men in America behind bars. Brilliantly written and reported, it tells the story of larger-than-life figures--the billionaire tycoon Alfred Taubman; the most powerful woman in the art world, Diana DeDe Brooks; and the wily British executive Christopher Davidge--who quaffed champagne and dined on caviar while conspiring to cheat clients out of millions of dollars. The book also offers an unprecedented look inside this secretive, gold-plated industry, describing just how Sotheby's and Christie's grew from clubby, aristocratic businesses into slick, international corporations and showing how the groundwork for the most recent illegal activities was laid decades before the perpetrators were caught by federal prosecutors. Christopher Mason is the only reporter who has persuaded all the key figures (and hundreds more) to spill the beans. He has followed the trail of this story wherever it has led--from galleries and boardrooms in London, Paris, and New York to parties in Palm Beach and courtrooms in lower Manhattan.

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