The Lost Chalice: The Real-Life Chase for One of the World’s Rarest Masterpieces—a…

Paperback | June 29, 2010

byVernon Silver

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“A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the world’s most prestigious museums….A terrific read, from start to finish.”
—James L. Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt<_o3a_p>

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An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist based in Rome, Vernon Silver brings us The Lost Chalice, the electrifying true story of the race to secure a priceless, 2,500-year-old cup depicting the fall of Troy—a lost treasure crafted by Euphronios, an artist widely considered “the Leonardo Da Vinci of ancient Greece.” A gripping, real life mystery, The Lost Chalice gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of great museums and antiquities collections—exposing a world of greed, backstabbing, and double-dealing. <_o3a_p>

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“A riveting story of tomb robbers and antiquities smugglers, high-stakes auctioneers and the princely chiefs of the world’s most prestigious museums….A terrific read, from start to finish.”—James L. Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist based in Rome, Vernon S...

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Sotheby's. New York City. On a warm June evening, with the auction-house showroom crammed with the wealthy, the curious, and the press, history was made when an anonymous man in a green golf sweater paid three quarters of a million dollars to win a 2,500-year-old chalice—the Greek artist Euphronios's wine cup depicting the death of Zeu...

Vernon Silver's distinguished reporting on art and culture has appeared in theNew York Times, theBoston Globe,Spymagazine, and other publications. An Oxford-trained archaeologist and award-winning journalist, he studied Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and is a senior writer at Bloomberg News in Rome.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.81 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“In his brilliant The Lost Chalice, Vernon Silver has gone far beyond merely slicing open the Gordion knot obscuring the world-famous ancient Greek chalices made by Euphronious, the Leonardo of the sixth century BC, he has patiently untied that knot in a spine-tingling read.” (Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of Making the Mummies Dance)