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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    A poorly written auto-biographical babble by an egotistical con

    A poorly written auto-biographical babble by an egotistical con man. Save your money.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    Caveat Emptor (or "Buyer Beware") is an amazing story

    Caveat Emptor (or "Buyer Beware") is an amazing story I can only hope someone turns into a movie. Years ago I had come across art forger Ken Perenyi's name and the magazine article intrigued me. It wasn't until this past summer that I saw him interviewed on the Today Show and I realized had "come out of hiding" and penned his incredible story. I was slightly apprehensive about buying the book only because I was afraid that a story based in and around classical artwork might fall a little flat (I love art, but I draw the line at art history as I find it can be a tad tedious for my taste).
    Caveat Emptor was a page turner from beginning to end. Perenyi is far from the pretentious art aficionado I had originally pegged him for, in fact his wit, sometimes faltering self esteem (especially growing of age in the 60's and trying to figure out what he was going to do with his life) and at times self-deprecating personality gives Perenyi a very human side. The goings on in Perenyi's apartment building in NYC, then called the "The Ferguson Club", was not only hilarious, some of the characters could have all been straight out of the classic Pulitzer awarded "Confederacy of Dunces". I was so taken by the building and it's tenants I had to go and stand in front of the actual building the last time I found myself in Manhattan!
    There's a part of the story when one of the forgeries is going to be cleaned by Sotheby's auction house--which puts you in the room with Perenyi and leaves you with sweaty, clammy palms. Although I didn't want the story to end, I was glad that moved so beautifully and so quickly. I would much rather be left wanting more, than to have to read too much. Well done!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    The book is a roller coaster ride through the art world. The re

    The book is a roller coaster ride through the art world. The reader will be both surprised and shocked at the dealings and the ease with which Mr perenyi worked to his own advantage.
    The reader will, no doubt , form an opinion as to the direction of Mr perenyi's moral compass, but no matter what direction you feel it points , you will conclude that he is a truly talented individual.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2012

    Interesting reading.

    I had a few reasons for reading this book. My curiosity was peaked because a relative of mine actually met Ken Perenyi, and only has good things to say about him and how he lived his younger life. I wanted to see what Ken had to say about his amazing adventures into forgery and how he justifies it, even today. After reading an article about him in our front page newspaper, I just could not resist.
    I found Ken's story very interesting, and at times a little hard to believe. How could someone get away with passing forgeries of famous, dead artists lost art and actually make a living at it. This went on for decades! Thousands of forgeries were being passed around in the US and also in Great Britian while Ken lead the good life. In many cases he had a middle man act on his behalf.
    Ken was never prosecuted when the FBI finally did catch up to him. I can see a movie being made, and Ken making even more money. It just doesn't seem fair somehow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Well designed

    Well designed, well written insight in to the secretive world of art forgery.

    J.R. Locke, Author,
    Down and Out in Manhattan & Possible Twenty

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Quite fascinating! How this guy pulled off these forgeries, wit

    Quite fascinating! How this guy pulled off these forgeries, with complicity of art auction houses, is curious and eye-opening. He's an odd bird to be sure, but the story is quite riveting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    caveat emptor

    self serving but interesting account. he shows no remorse but book os
    good for group discussion.
    i resented paying for his boastful testimony.

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    Posted November 9, 2012

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