Caveat Emptor

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Caveat Emptor

The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

By Ken Perenyi; Dan Butler (Narrated by)

Audiogo, Compact Disc, 9781620647097

Publication Date: December 11, 2012


The true story of America's greatest art forger Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, renowned experts, and the major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence collected. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked exempt from public disclosure. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, "Caveat Emptor," is that artist Ken Perenyi's confession. It is the story, in detail, of how he pulled it all off. Unlike other forgers, Perenyi produced no paper trail, no fake provenance whatsoever; he let the paintings speak for themselves. And that they did, routinely mesmerizing the experts in mere seconds.

About the Author
Born in 1949 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Ken Perenyi is a self-taught artist who painted his first pictures during the Summer of Love in 1967, having discovered an uncanny ability to intuitively grasp the aesthetic and technical aspects of the Old Masters. A series of fateful events resulted in what was to become a thirty-year career as a professional art forger. Today he operates his own studio in Madeira Beach, Florida.

Dan Butler, an actor, writer, director, and producer, has had major roles on and off Broadway and has appeared in numerous television shows, including "Frasier", "House", and "Monk. "He cowrote and directed" Karl Rove, I Love You", and has appeared in such feature films as "Crazy, Stupid, Love"; "Silence of the Lambs"; "Enemy of the State"; and "Fixing Frank", among others.