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The Lost Chalice
Vernon Silver
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The Lost Chalice

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A pulse-pounding real-life chase for an ancient masterpiece of immeasurable value . . .

Sotheby's. New York City. June 19, 1990.

Nothing of its kind had been sold to the public in more than a century. On a warm June evening on Manhattan's Upper East Side, with the auction-house showroom crammed with the wealthy, the curious, and the press, history was made when an anonymous
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by HarperCollins
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Feb 23, 2016 Katherine rated it liked it
Destruction, theft, subterfuge, lies, millions of dollars and a twenty-five hundred year old vase are the themes of this book. A group of tomb robbers gathering artifacts to sell on the black market, discover a large krater (vase) inscribed by Euphronios, one of the best artists from millennia ago. He had discovered a new way of painting on pottery. Previously, the figures were in black on the red background of the pottery. He reversed this, making stunning red figures on a black background. ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
I'm a little torn by this book: the story is equally as fascinating as it is hard to follow. Silver chronicles the true tale of an ancient Etruscan krater (vase in which wine was mixed with water), illegally dug from an archeological site north of Rome that makes it all the way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It takes decades for the story to unfold, and it was pretty difficult to follow. Not only are there hordes of characters, but Silver adds excruciating detail to every aspect ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Nina rated it really liked it
Non-fiction. This was a really interesting account of how dealers, restorers, curators, museums, and universities tacitly colluded in smuggling illicit antiquities around the globe. Because of their need to acquire, the prices on the stolen goods soared. It still happens, of course, but not to the extent it did in the latter decades of the 20th century. It was really amazing how researchers connected the dots on clues across continents and years to trace the origins and movements of two ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Archaeology buffs
When an anonymous man pays a small fortune for an ancient chalice by Euphronius, it suddenly disappears until recently when it reappeared in the collection of a Hollywood mogul.
As Silver learns, the discovery of the chalice exposes another riddle--and an even greater missing treasure. Epic and thrilling, "The Lost Chalice" is a driving true-life detective story that illuminates a big-money, high-stakes, double-dealing world, which is as fascinating as it is unforgettable. Silver's thrilling tale
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Jun 19, 2016 Donna Sundre rated it it was ok
Lots of detail related to antiquities...stolen, sold, and sometimes returned.
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