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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger
 
 
Author
Ken Perenyi.
Publisher Pegasus  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781605985022
Pages/Publication Date 314/2013
Daedalus Item Code 49004
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Growing up as a working-class kid in 1960s New Jersey, Ken Perenyi never dreamed of becoming an art forger. However, when he stumbled upon The Castle, a crumbling estate and impromptu art studio in Fort Lee, Perenyi found himself swept into the New York avant-garde art scene, and soon discovered his preternatural talent to imitate the works of old masters—confounding even the most qualified experts and catapulting himself to a life of riches. Perenyi's rollicking memoir reads more like a picaresque, revealing the less-than-glamorous underside of the art world and telling how he managed to pull off such audacious counterfeits.

"There are, of course, many morally abhorrent moments in this story, but it's hard not to like this surprisingly entertaining tale of the art world's shady side."—Smithsonian Magazine

"Ken Perenyi lived an extravagant lifestyle off his faked works of the finest masters. Then two F.B.I. agents showed up on his doorstep, curious about a couple of paintings sold at Christie's and Sotheby's, but actually his own meticulous creations."—NYTimes

 
 
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