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An Object of Beauty

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September 2011 Book of the Month.

The 10cc song lyric ‘art for art's sake money for god's sake’ sums up the calculating and ambitious Lacey Yeager in this witty tour around New York’s glamorous and self-obsessed Art world in the 1990s when paintings were less and less objects of beauty – rather objects of insane value.

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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

Lacey Yeager is beautiful, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. She begins her career at Sotheby's, amidst the winks and nods of the fabulously wealthy. But hungry for more - and pursued by a whiff of scandal - Lacey migrates to edgy Downtown, watching Hirsts and Warhols multiply in value before her eyes. Charming men and women, old and young, rich and even richer, Lacey's ascendancy seems assured. But when the art world bubble looks set to burst, a secret from her past rears its head, threatening to undermine everything she has worked for...


Told with charm and pizzaz -- Emma Hagestadt * INDEPENDENT * Gripping * DAILY EXPRESS * Effortlessly stylish ... Martin is so multitalented as to make you sick -- Alfred Hickling * GUARDIAN * An astringently witty tour of Manhattan's extravagantly booming auction houses, pricey little galleries and their glitzy hinterland. En route, modish fads and fraudulence, vacuous collectors, dubious sales-room operators and artists who are dab hands at self-promotion are deftly impaled. -- Peter Kemp * SUNDAY TIMES *

About the Author

Steve Martin

Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. His huge successes as a film actor include such credits as ROXANNE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, PARENTHOOD and THE SPANISH PRISONER. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to the bestselling PURE DRIVEL, he has written several plays, and the highly acclaimed novels, SHOPGIRL and THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY. His work appears in THE NEW YORKER and the NEW YORK TIMES. He is an avid and knowledgeable collector of art.

Author photo © Sandee Oliver

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1st September 2011


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


336 pages


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