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Provenance is a spellbinding journey through the international art world -- a world where men and women hide behind masterpieces, and sell their souls to the highest bidder.

From the elegance of Sotheby Park Bernet auctions to the decadence of Parisian nightlife, art detective Alex Drach moves through a gallery of glamorous and sinister figures on his search for stolen pain
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 1st 1980 by Avon Books (first published September 1979)
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Izabela Kolar Furjan
Grafički zavod Hrvatske 1987 863-990-063-9
Charlotte Best
In the Art world nothing is what it seems. Unbelievable story of how the "con" is very much a part of million dollar paintings. If you don't believe that seasoned art lovers would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for rare, very famous paintings, that were painted on cheap canvas with a mixture of housepaint and vaseline, then you will after you read this story.
A fascinating look into the scams and forgeries of the art world, and a particular sociopath who was highly successful at passing fakes. Many of the faked art pieces remain in reputable museums... Thought provoking about the value of art.
I was captivated by the guile and chutzpah of John Drewe and what he got away with for so long. It also makes you question, what is true art?
great book -- had to believe it is really true. Enjoyed it!!!!!
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a very good story with an entreteiment history knowledge
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