Sotheby's by Peter Watson
The Inside Story

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A provocative expose+a7 of the great American auction house of Sotheby's explores the underhanded dealings, questionable practices, and shadowy figures that underly the glitter and glamour of the art world. 75,000 first printing. Tour."
 

About Peter Watson

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Watson writes for the Observer, Times (London), New York Times, and the Spectator.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Random House. 324 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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Like his The Caravaggio Conspiracy (1985), this book includes episodes that seem to come right out of a Frederick Forsyth plot, such as Watson's participation in a nighttime police raid on Italian tomb robbers and his assumption of a false identity to probe a Delhi ``dealer.'' His piäce de rÇsist...

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Entertainment Weekly

Art journalist Watson spent years investigating rumors that Sotheby's — along with Christie's, the hoity-toitiest auctioneering house — regularly sold artwork and artifacts that had been illegally exported from their mother countries.

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London Review of Books

Most great Old Master paintings have been sold several times at public auction over the last three centuries, many have been sold more frequently and only a few have escaped auction altogether, usually by passing through some other form of public sale or by changing hands privately.

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