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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stan Lauryssens Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Art dealer Stan Lauryssens made millions in modern art, but he sold only one name: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Lauryssens didn’t mind looking the other way; he just hoped the buyers would look the other way as well. The artworks he sold came from some very shady sources. And he soon discovered that the shadiest source of all was Dalí himself. The more successful Lauryssens became, the closer he got to Dalí’s inner circle, until he found himself living next door to the aging artist. There, while Lauryssens hid from Interpol’s detectives, he learned more about Dalí’s secret history, the studio of artists who produced his work, and the money-making machine that kept Dalí’s extravagant lifestyle afloat long after his creativity began to flounder.

Dalí & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that can go hand-in-hand in the art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover it was no different than the bottom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lauryssens, an award-winning European crime writer, boldly confesses his role in spreading the plague of phony Dalís in a jaw-dropping chronicle of jet-set swindling matched by an X-rated portrait-in-glimpses of one of the freakiest of art celebrities.”

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  • “The art market is a dark circus of hope and deceit. Lauryssens provides us with an intimate portrait of Dalí, its mustachioed ringmaster: as eccentric as he is ingenious, as manipulative as he is fascinating.”

    Noah Charney, author of The Art Thief

  • “A highly readable blend of memoir and picaresque, Stan Lauryssens’s book explores the differences between the genuine and the bogus, not only in the business of art, but more important, in human relationships.”

    James Sexton, editor of Selected Letters of Aldous Huxley

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barry | 2/23/2011

    " An entertaining tale about Dali and a Belgian con-man. Some people have hated this book - and, I suspect, its ambiguity. I didn't. Fiction or non-fiction...mmmm? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Irismile | 5/7/2010

    " "Lucrurile scandaloase sunt cele de care omanirea nu se va satura niciodata"
    Stan Lauryssens da dovada in carte de o gandire daliniana.
    Surrealismul e o iluzie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kiki | 5/25/2009

    " Wow! Very entertaining book over all. Dali sure was "eccentric". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren | 5/15/2009

    " Salvador Dali and his wife Gala, were not good people. "

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About the Author

Stan Lauryssens was an art dealer specializing in works by Salvador Dalí for over a decade. After spending time in prison for the sale of bogus Dalís, he turned to writing crime fiction. He won Belgium’s Hercule Poirot Award in 2002 for best crime fiction of the year. Lauryssens now divides his time between Antwerp and London.