Book details

ISBN: 9780747538080
Published: 1998

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Peter Watson tells the story of his five year investigation into Sotheby’s and his discovery of a score of illegal practices that include the facilitation of smuggling, the sale of antiquities known to have been stolen from tombs, fake bidding, and the rigging of the Art Market Index.

Front-page news across the world, the book provoked a major shake-up in auction house practice.

Reviews of Sothebys: The Inside Story

"Shame, shame on all of us … A triumph of investigative reporting."

The Sunday Times

"It has opened the door on an Augean stable, and we’re all reeling at the stink."

Evening Standard