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The Lost Chalice: The Epic Hunt for a Priceless Masterpiece
 
 
Author
Vernon Silver.
Publisher Morrow/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780061558283
Pages/Publication Date 344/2009
Daedalus Item Code 11524
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It is among the most prized of antiquities—the Greek artist Euphronios's wine cup depicting the death of Zeus's son Sarpedon at Troy. Lost for more than two millennia, the chalice mysteriously surfaced in the collection of a Hollywood producer, who then sold it to a Texas billionaire. Coveted by private collectors, dealers, and museum curators, it was also of intense interest to the Italian police, who believed it belonged to their country. In this history, archaeologist and journalist Vernon Silver pieces together the extraordinary tale of the lost cup and offers a portrait of the antiquities trade: a world of tomb raiders, wealthy collectors, ambitious archaeologists, corrupt curators, and international law enforcement. Silver’s book—which features 24 pages of photographs—follows the story from the battlefield of the Trojan War to the countryside of 20th-century Tuscany, and from a Swiss warehouse to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
 
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