The Lost Chalice

The Lost Chalice : The Real-Life Chase for One of the World's Rarest Masterpieces -- a Priceless 2,500-Year-Old Artifact Depicting the Fall of Troy

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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 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 136 x 202 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, color; Illustrations, black and white
  • 006155829X
  • 9780061558290
  • 1,276,299

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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 Zeus's son Sarpedon at Troy. After that night, this historical artifact disappeared, its whereabouts a mystery. Until now.

In this breathtaking tale of adventure and intrigue, archaeologist and journalist Vernon Silver pieces together the extraordinary tale of the lost cup and offers a portrait of the modern antiquities trade: a world of smugglers, wealthy collectors, ambitious archaeologists, rapacious dealers, corrupt curators, and international law enforcement. Epic and thrilling, The Lost Chalice is a driving true-life detective story that illuminates a big-money, high-stakes, double-dealing world, which is as fascinating as it is unforgettable.
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154 ratings
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2 11% (17)
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