FAKE! is an incredible and often hilarious tale of three rogues -- a Jewish aristocrat, an American con man, and a beautiful Canadian boy -- who in the last century swindled oil tycoons, movie stars, top art galleries and great museums, and almost caused the collapse of the international art world.
It is considered the best book ever written about fake art and was the inspiration for filmmaker Orson Welles' last major movie, "F For Fake," now a cult classic.
Where? - London, Paris, New York, Texas, Tokyo, and the decadent, sunny Mediterranean island of Ibiza, the disco capital of Europe.
Who? -- Elmyr de Hory: an elegant Hungarian whom World War II had stripped of everything but his genius at imitating Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Renoir, and other great painters of the 20th century.
Fernand Legros: a ruthless Egyptian-born American who decreed that museums, art galleries and millionaire collectors should finance his love of luxury and pretty boys.
Reál Lessard: an Adonis-like Canadian youth who began as Fernand's protegé and in the end out-dueled the master in avarice and cunning.
"A delightfully vicious book, a joy to read and contemplate." -- Pablo Picasso
"A story to remember and revel in." -- St. Louis Globe-Democrat
BONUS: This 2014 edition includes a freshly updated 30-page Author's Postscript dealing with Elmyr de Hory's alleged suicide.