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Forger's Apprentice: Life with the World's Most Notorious Artist

Written by Mark Forgy
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In the late 1960's Elmyr de Hory was the world's most talented - and most successful art forger - ever. For over 20 years his bogus masterpieces filtered into prestigious collections on five continents. In 1967 his chicanery ended in a scandal that rocked the art world, although his deception did not end there. He seduced most everyone he met, counting Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Rita Hayworth, and Orson Welles among his friends.

As a young American Midwesterner, I fell under his spell when I met Elmyr in 1969 on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, becoming his personal assistant while he became my mentor and closest friend. His hilltop villa was my university where, beyond the glamour of the rich and famous, the people I met seemed to spring from the mind of Lewis Carroll, and life appeared LSD-inspired in its strangeness. Elmyr also had deeper secrets than anyone knew.

This memoir is a coming-of-age journey of discovery providing the most personal account of this "famously infamous" faker that finally untangles the longstanding mythology about his life. It is a story marked by outrageous, humor, tragedy, love and search for the truth as seen through the eyes of his protégé - the Forger's Apprentice.

This book accompanies the upcoming exhibition "Treasures on Trial" at Winterthur, April 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018. Frauds. Fakes. Trickery. Deceit! Put on your CSI hat and investigate some of the most clever and costliest deceptions of our time.

• Paperback. 346 pages.

• Dimensions: Approximately 6" x 1" x 9".

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