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Marcel Duchamp with his Roto-Reliefs
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by Kenny Schachter

Over the spring I purchased two paintings and four drawings by a prominent British painter from a dealer in Tel Aviv, ignoring the not-so-hushed whispers of my peers regarding his veracity. This dealer did work with the artistís primary dealer, and had sat in the gallery booth at many art fairs over the years, so I had no reason to believe he was not the rightful owner of the works. The idea was to sell the two paintings quickly, in order to afford an opportunity to hold onto the drawings for myself, so I quickly arranged to include the works in the June evening sale at a major auction house.