Rogues’ Gallery: A History of Art and its Dealers by Philip Hook

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The entertaining author of “Breakfast at Sotheby’s” returns with a revealing account of the questionable world of art dealing, from its inception in Antwerp to the high-stakes arena of collecting and collectors today.

Few are better informed than the author, whose 40 years of senior involvement with both Christie’s and Sotheby’s has provided him with a unique insider’s view of the folly, greed and duplicity all too frequently attached to the selling of art in general and auctioneering in particular. From Lord Duveen to Leo Castelli and his own mentor, the conniving Peter Wilson, this is a gossipy tome of the first water, appropriately titled.

When it comes to art, buyer beware, but not when it comes to this book. A most revealing read.

 

 

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