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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger Audiobook

Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

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Publisher's Summary

The true story of America's greatest art forger!

Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence collected. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”.

Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession. It is the story, in detail, of how he pulled it all off. Unlike other forgers, Perenyi produced no paper trail, no fake provenance whatsoever; he let the paintings speak for themselves. And that they did, routinely mesmerizing the experts in mere seconds.

©2012 Ken Perenyi; 2012 AudioGO

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    Judith Myers 06-19-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Turns the world of fine art upside down!"
    Where does Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10.


    What other book might you compare Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger to and why?

    I don't have a comparison. This was a whole new genre for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the way the book was written as well as presented. Very, very educational and very entertaining.


    What does Dan Butler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nuances and tone, skepticism, tension, relief and amazement.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it for the sheer amazement of what the author pulled off and how. Easy listening, fascinating, informative, well paced.

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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 03-31-17
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting"

    Loved the book, but never have understood why not paint originals? Money as usual. Too bad for us, the public.

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    Maya 01-07-16
    Maya 01-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Unrepentant Jerk"

    Apparently, Mr. Perenyi only has a conscience when he feels he's on the other end of some shady behavior. He seems to feel so justified - not only in leeching off the talent of other artists but in allowing buyers to believe the works are authentic. The story is mainly just a litany championing his wily wits and technical abilities. The writing is ok, the narration is fine.

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    Yachtmaster 05-07-15
    Yachtmaster 05-07-15

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    "Great read"

    Very insightful into the shady side of the art market. Best book I've read since Thomas Hoving's book on fakes.

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    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 04-28-15
    B Rose Ivins, UT USA 04-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting but too long"

    This is an interesting listen, especially if you're interested in the subject. I found it too long and dragging on. The narrator is great and easy to listen to. Just not sure I'd have gotten it if I knew more about it.

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    Mandi Shepp 03-06-15
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    "Riveting!"

    I absolutely loved this book; I found it an exciting page-turner through the world of art forgery and antiquities. As a rare books librarian, I really appreciated the attention to detail in the descriptions of restoration techniques and the layout of the pieces, it really made everything come to life visually. Very well written, and beautifully captivating.

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    CAS 02-14-15
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    "B-list Name-Dropping Slog"

    Perenyi offers neither plot nor insight into the New York art world. Forsaking connoisseurship, he was a two-bit crook who sold second-rate paintings to other willing thieves. So what.....

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    Amazon Customer los angeles, ca, United States 01-13-15
    Amazon Customer los angeles, ca, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2016

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    Not sure I believed every word, but it is a good story of an art forger. Not sure that he could pull off the forgeries today with all the technology, but who knows, maybe he could. The book takes you through a brief childhood and then right into his teens as he began his first steps into forging famous pieces of artwork. Made me wonder how much hanging on the walls of museums are real and how many may be forgeries. Liked the book, the story and the narrator.

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    Patricia 09-20-14
    Patricia 09-20-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Too awful to finish"

    If you are expecting a book about art, then give this a miss.

    After 2 hours I gave up.
    Awful simplistic writing and not about art at all, the author is a not very bright, mob boy who is more interested in bragging about the famous people he met, how many gorgeous women he slept with and what drugs he took.

    Don't waste your time or your money on this.

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    Robyn 07-05-14
    Robyn 07-05-14

    Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.

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    "A very unusual con artist"

    I am in awe of Ken Perenyi's talent. With no training in art, art history, chemistry, or anything else related to creating a forgery and getting it past the experts, he fooled a lot of people for a long time before they caught up with him. Without a hint of guilt or remorse, he gleefully recounts episode after episode of getting away with a monumental con with a pocket full of big money. With so much practical talent, and an obvious talent for befriending very influential people, I wonder why he didn't choose a conventional career instead of betraying trust and ripping people off. I did read elsewhere about his adopting a girl from Africa which is worth looking up on the internet - perhaps he omitted it from this book so as not to tarnish his image as a conscience-free operator. I must say I learned about artists I had never heard of and took great pleasure in looking at their work, if only via internet images. Apart from a few mispronunciations of artists' names, Dan Butler does a fine job narrating.

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