Framed: Tales Of The Art Underworld

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Random House, Apr 1, 2011 - Art - 272 pages
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Tod Volpe had more than an excellent eye for art. His gift of the gab took him from a start-up gallery in New York's Soho into the houses, lives and wallets of stars including Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Andy Warhol and Madonna. bra Appearing to live the American Dream, his high-maintenance, wheeler-dealer lifestyle became a dark path to self-destruction. At the height of his success, Volpe crashed and burned in a widely publi-cised case of art fraud. Represented by top attorneys Nathan and Alan Dershowitz (of Klaus Von Bulow trial fame), his story made international headlines and threatened to blow the lid off the secret world of art dealing.With behind-the-scenes coverage, the book gives an insight into how auctions and dealers manoeuvre art around the globe. Money laundering, trading art with drug dealers, avoiding tax, and making false insurance claims are only a taste of what is revealed as the seedier side of the art world is laid bare. Framed is a fascinatingblow-by-blow account of how the life of one man who 'had it all' spiralled out of control. Volpe learned the hard way that when you lose sight of who you really are nothing in the world.

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Born in Yonkers on the outskirts of New York City, Tod Volpe was a self-made man. Graduating with honours from New York University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, he went on to establish a re-nowned art gallery in Soho, becoming the youngest dealer since Joseph Duveen to discover lost master-pieces and bring them to the attention of the public. Treasures of the American Arts and Crafts Movement by Thames and Hudson is his pioneering work on the style he made famous. Volpe currently resides in New York where he is working on his second book, The Sandman. He plans to write, produce and con-tinue believing in the dream.

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