Fraud and Foolishness in the Art Market

The Award Winning book by Bernard Ewell.

Who really knows how the Art Market works?

Here, for the first time, art detective, veteran appraiser and international art expert Bernard Ewell opens the door and gives you a tour of the most unregulated market on earth. It is unlike any other and does not even follow the rules of economics. There are actually two art markets with one operating as if it was the other and both depending on The Six Myths That Drive The Art Market. Perception is everything and pervasive secrecy is the unbreakable rule. The players, the con men and the larger than life personalities are better than characters created by novelists. You’ll meet the crooks and their victims and realize that both are our creation. We all participate in the fraud and foolishness that props up a market that buys and sells civilization’s greatest treasures and most horrible junk. Be prepared to put aside everything you think you know and have heard from art dealers and read in the press. The international auction houses, big name galleries, superstar artists, and museums are haunted by fakes and forgeries and collectors usually buy for the wrong reasons. Arrogance or ignorance? It’s both. The art market is where the intent to deceive meets contributory negligence and willful ignorance and most of those who have been defrauded don’t even know it. This book will entertain you as it gives you the tools to more safely buy art.

About The Author- Bernard Ewell

For over four decades senior appraiser Bernard Ewell has been the voice of truth in the unbelievable Salvador Dalí art market. Many consider him to be the dean of art appraisers. He has served as a course developer for the American Society of Appraisers, been an adjunct professor of art law at five universities and mentored a generation of colleagues. Art columnist, lecturer, exhibition judge, blogger, television host and expert witness for the FBI, Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department, IRS, state attorneys general and many others, he has done it all, and always as a disinterested third party expert. His reports, court testimony, columns, and this book define credibility in the art market. Widely known as the Artpro-on-the-Go, Bernard Ewell lives in Santa Fe’, New Mexico and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and travels internationally as the Salvador Dalí authority.


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