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Hoving, Thomas.
False Impressions. The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes.

New York Simon & Schuster: [1996]. Advance Review Copy.

A breezy, irreverent journey through the world of art fakes and fakers with the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is a common thread running through most of these tales, a common denominator which Hoving terms the "greed - speed - need" factor. Most fraud and forgery succeeds because this factor exists. Simply put, it is: Greed -The price is a steal, what a bargain! Speed -If I don't get it now someone else will snap it up! Need -I really want it! "False Impressions", is a fascinating collection of tales of the fakes and forgers Hoving encountered during his years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and throughout the book this same set of factors recurs time after time.

Softcover. 8.5"x11", 366 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear, a little soil. An advance reading copy, sent to reviewers, bound in paper covers. Signed by Hoving on the title page- "For John, Thomas Hoving". Additionally, on the title page it says in print- "Untitled on Art Forgeries - Subtitle UK" under which Hoving has written "Hey what's it going to be?"

Inventory #: 5586
Price: $ 125.00      



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