Jerome Tuccille is the author of more than twenty-five books, including bestselling, highly acclaimed biographies of the Gallo wine family, Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, Alan Greenspan, Barry Diller, and the Hunts of Texas. He has also written several novels. Tuccille is vice president of communications at a major financial services firm. He previously taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City and is a former Free Libertarian candidate for governor of New York. He is a member of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Gallery of Fools: The True Story of a Major American Art Heistby Jerome Tuccille
The events recounted in this book are essentially true. The theft of the paintings in question took place as told; they were hidden in my father's cellar in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx for about two years until my wife and I removed them. My cousin and his partner were arrested for their roles in the crime. I have taken some minor fictional liberties in the reconstruction of dialogue that occurred more than thirty years ago and in the invention of a few details that most likely happened during breaks in the main action of the story, which is why this book can be read as either a memoir or a novel. In June 2007, one of the paintings, Monet's "Nympheas," sold at auction in London for $36 million.
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