COLLECTOR'S CHOICE by Peter Marks

COLLECTOR'S CHOICE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An attractive confidence game about the art world with a lot of high-priced shoptalk from a knowledgeable provenance (Mr. Marks is a gallery owner), this begins with the rental of an upper East Side apartment, the disposition of some of its contents (to an auction house), and the installation of a three million dollar Cezanne and one Andor Marinatos of less known origins. Andor lets it be known that his Cezanne, a most ripe pear via Goering, may be available as he implements the impression of his own wealth -- a bid on a Louis XV escritoire here, a Rubens there, the acquisition of a $1200 little silver dish to be perhaps used as an ashtray. In between the excitement of the escalating price tags, there's a commentary on this dehumanized, desexualized world where the possessors become possessed and, while slight, it's a mandarin-styled diversion with a sophisticated signature.

Pub Date: March 20th, 1972
Publisher: Random House