Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

by Ken Perenyi
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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poorly written auto-biographical babble by an egotistical con man. Save your money.
CapeCodTom More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Spyderbiker More than 1 year ago
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.
booksiread More than 1 year ago
self serving but interesting account. he shows no remorse but book os good for group discussion. i resented paying for his boastful testimony.
Lynnmary57 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well designed, well written insight in to the secretive world of art forgery. J.R. Locke, Author, Down and Out in Manhattan & Possible Twenty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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