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The Lost Chalice: The Real-Life Chase for One of the World's Rarest Masterpieces—A Priceless 2,500-Year-Old Artifact Depicting the Fall of Troy

Vernon Silver.
Publisher William Morrow  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780061558290
Pages/Publication Date 344/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33549
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On a warm June evening in 1990 at Sotheby's in New York City, an anonymous man in a green golf sweater paid three quarters of a million dollars to win a 2500-year-old chalice that had been unearthed by grave robbers, after which it disappeared again from view. Depicting the fall of Troy, and crafted by Euphronios, an artist widely considered "the Leonardo da Vinci of ancient Greece," it was one of only six known to exist. Journalist and Oxford-trained archaeologist Vernon Silver tells the electrifying story of the race to secure the lost treasure, and exposes the world of greed, backstabbing, and double-dealing behind the scenes at great museums and antiquities collections.

"A captivating tale of ancient art as a modern hot commodity.... Silver's telling is infused with an infectious curiosity about the illicit art trade and an equally infectious appreciation of the art itself."—Publishers Weekly

"A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the world's most prestigious museums.... A terrific read, from start to finish."—James L. Swanson

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