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The Lost Chalice: The Real-Life Chase for One of the World's Rarest Masterpieces -- a Priceless 2,500-Year-Old Artifact Depicting the Fa

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A pulse-pounding real-life chase for an ancient masterpiece of immeasurable value . . .

Sotheby's. New York City. June 19, 1990.

Nothing of its kind had been sold to the public in more than a century. On a warm June evening on Manhattan's Upper East Side, with the auction-house showroom crammed with the wealthy, the curious, and the press, history was made when an anonymous man in a green golf sweater paid an unprecedented three quarters of a million dollars to win the twenty-five-hundred-year-old chalice. After that night, this historical artifact disappeared, its whereabouts a mystery. Until now.

It is among the most prized of antiquities: the Greek artist Euphronios's wine cup depicting the death of Zeus's son Sarpedon at Troy. Lost for more than two millennia, the chalice--one of only six of its kind found intact--mysteriously surfaced in the collection of a Hollywood producer, who then sold it to a Texas billionaire. Coveted by obsessed private collectors, dealers, and museum curators, it was also of intense interest to the Italian police, who believed it belonged to their country, where it had first been dug up earlier in the twentieth century.

In this breathtaking tale of history, adventure, and intrigue, archaeologist and journalist Vernon Silver pieces together the extraordinary tale of the lost cup and offers a portrait of the modern antiquities trade: a world of tomb raiders, smugglers, wealthy collectors, ambitious archaeol-ogists, rapacious dealers, corrupt curators, and international law enforcement. Spanning twenty-five hundred years, The Lost Chalice moves from the mythic battlefield of the Trojan War to the countryside of twentieth-century Tuscany, the dusty libraries of Oxford University to the exhibition halls of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the cramped law-enforcement offices of the Carabinieri to the tony rooms of New York's auction houses to solve the mystery of the world's rarest masterpiece.

As Silver learns, the discovery of the chalice exposes another riddle--and an even greater missing treasure. Epic and thrilling, The Lost Chalice is a driving true-life detective story that illuminates a big-money, high-stakes, double-dealing world, which is as fascinating as it is unforgettable. Silver's thrilling tale opens a window onto Italian history, culture, and life rarely seen.

Synopsis:

Spanning 2,500 years and involving tomb robbers and smugglers, "The Lost Chalice" is a pulse-pounding, real-life adventure story involving the search for an ancient masterpiece missing for more than a decade.

Synopsis:

“A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the worlds 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.

Synopsis:

Sotheby's. New York City. On a warm June evening, with the auction-house showroom crammed with the wealthy, the curious, and the press, history was made when an anonymous man in a green golf sweater paid three quarters of a million dollars to win a 2,500-year-old chalice—the Greek artist Euphronios's wine cup depicting the death of Zeus's son Sarpedon at Troy. After that night, this historical artifact disappeared, its whereabouts a mystery. Until now.

In this breathtaking tale of adventure and intrigue, archaeologist and journalist Vernon Silver pieces together the extraordinary tale of the lost cup and offers a portrait of the modern antiquities trade: a world of smugglers, wealthy collectors, ambitious archaeologists, rapacious dealers, corrupt curators, and international law enforcement. Epic and thrilling, The Lost Chalice is a driving true-life detective story that illuminates a big-money, high-stakes, double-dealing world, which is as fascinating as it is unforgettable.

About the Author

Vernon Silver's distinguished reporting on art and culture has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Spy magazine, and other publications. An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist, he studied Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and is a senior writer at Bloomberg News in Rome.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061558290
Subtitle:
The Real-Life Chase for One of the World's Rarest Masterpieces--a Priceless 2,500-Year-Old Artifact Depicting the Fall of Troy
Author:
Silver, Vernon
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Collecting
Subject:
Museum Studies
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Architecture-Architects
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100629
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.24 in 4.96 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Spanning 2,500 years and involving tomb robbers and smugglers, "The Lost Chalice" is a pulse-pounding, real-life adventure story involving the search for an ancient masterpiece missing for more than a decade.
"Synopsis" by ,

“A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the worlds 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.

"Synopsis" by , Sotheby's. New York City. On a warm June evening, with the auction-house showroom crammed with the wealthy, the curious, and the press, history was made when an anonymous man in a green golf sweater paid three quarters of a million dollars to win a 2,500-year-old chalice—the Greek artist Euphronios's wine cup depicting the death of Zeus's son Sarpedon at Troy. After that night, this historical artifact disappeared, its whereabouts a mystery. Until now.

In this breathtaking tale of adventure and intrigue, archaeologist and journalist Vernon Silver pieces together the extraordinary tale of the lost cup and offers a portrait of the modern antiquities trade: a world of smugglers, wealthy collectors, ambitious archaeologists, rapacious dealers, corrupt curators, and international law enforcement. Epic and thrilling, The Lost Chalice is a driving true-life detective story that illuminates a big-money, high-stakes, double-dealing world, which is as fascinating as it is unforgettable.

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