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The Art of The Con[wo]man

  • Penelope JacksonEmail author
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Abstract

The female art dealer has come into her own over the last half century and there is now a catalogue of fraudulent practice associated with a small group of them. Eight dealers who knowingly conned their clients into buying fraudulent works or works that had been sold to another are presented in this chapter. These dealers risked hard-earned reputations and clientele trust, in an effort to make more profit by dealing illegally. The chapter concludes with the case of Australian dealer, Lauraine Diggins, who unlike the others surveyed tried valiantly to stop the cycle of fraudulent works being sold on the secondary market. The obstacles she faced in trying to achieve this goal were both complex and representative of how curbing art crime is not always well received.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TaurangaNew Zealand

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