The Lost Chalice
The Epic Hunt for A Priceless MasterpieceBook - 2009
Traces the dramatic quest to find a missing 2,500-year-old chalice from ancient Greece that disappeared for more than a decade after an anonymous European dealer outbid the Metropolitan Museum of Art at a Sotheby's auction, in an account that reveals the high-stakes criminal organizations that challenged its recovery.
“A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the world’s most prestigious museums….A terrific read, from start to finish.”
—James L. Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt
An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist based in Rome, Vernon Silver brings us The Lost Chalice, the electrifying true story of the race to secure a priceless, 2,500-year-old cup depicting the fall of Troy—a lost treasure crafted by Euphronios, an artist widely considered “the Leonardo Da Vinci of ancient Greece.” A gripping, real life mystery, The Lost Chalice gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of great museums and antiquities collections—exposing a world of greed, backstabbing, and double-dealing.
Silver has written a page-turner in this true account of the police trail into the international dealings, not always legal, that lay behind a priceless Greek vase by the celebrated painter Euphronius which surfaced in the 1990s. Silver, an archaeologist, covers the illicit antiquities trade for Bloomberg News in Rome. His close knowledge of the Italian and the international art world and his fast-paced style make this an exciting read. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)