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Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures


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Readers should be warned that Philip Mould is not principally a writer, although this book is a sequel to his Sleepers: In Search of Lost Old Masters (Fourth Estate, 1995). He is an art dealer and expert on The Antiques Roadshow. His text, as a result, needs editing (his worst fault is that he suffers from chronic adjectivitis), but the stories survive through his gusto for the chase.

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