Giles MacDonogh

A Hidden Place in a Vanished City

The Amber Room: The Untold Story of the Greatest Hoax of the Twentieth Century


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THE AMBER ROOM of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia, is the Loch Ness Monster of modern art history. For the past sixty years the occasional drunk or crackpot has come forward to say he or she has seen it, only to be proved befuddled or mischievous.

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