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Just a Chap Passing Through [Paperback]

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The Museums -- The Collectors -- The Dealers -- The Artists -- The Felons -- The Fuzz -- The Feds -- And The Infamous Insurance Companies

"For A Chap merely Passing Through, Bill Smith earned the respect, admiration and confidence of museum directors, curators, collectors and artists, as well as Scotland Yard, the FBI and Interpol, for his adjudicative talents, honed to skills by the Jesuits, brilliantly narrated here with his Celtic wit and charm." James B. Byrnes, Director Emeritus, the New Orleans Museum of Art.

"He was the most famous adjuster in his field, a wonderful guy, very helpful to people all the time." Steven Weil, scholar emeritus, the Smithsonian Institution.

"...Intimately chronicles the humor, grace and compelling humanity of this heretofore unsung hero. His manners, impeccable; his wit. deadly; his loquence, better than the Blarney Stone; his knowledge of the classics, profound; his canniness, slyer than any fox. The sum; Bill Smith, a rare true gentleman, suavely at home in the infinitely adjustable world of international art theft, quiet collaborator with Interpol and the police and hero of museums, galleries and collectors. Knowing him was like having James Bond for a friend." Vaughn Glasgow, author: The Social History of the American Alligator

"He was one of the few people who understood this whole game. There were a handful of us out there who really did this whole thing, all based on the love of the art. He was one of the good guys." Robert Volpe, retired NYPD detective, author: Art Cop



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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2005
Publisher   Elderberry Press (OR)
ISBN  1932762396  
ISBN13  9781932762396  


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Bill Smith currently resides in Shelter Island, in the state of New York.

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Very strongly recommended reading for those interested in the intricate and intriguing world (and underworld) of fine arts  May 7, 2006
Just A Chap Passing Through...: The Secret World Of Fine Art Insurance is the inherently fascinating and quite informative autobiography of William F. Smith. A man who lived a life involving museums, collectors, dealers, artists, felons, police, feds, and insurance companies. Bill Smith dealt with the commercial and sometimes shady world of Fine Arts, which brought him into contact with Scotland Yard, Interpol, the FBI, museum directors, curators, and art thieves. That life is showcased in his candid memoir, Just A Chap Passing Through..., and carries his readers through the tales of Smith's colorful career as a premier art adjuster dealing with stolen pieces through the USA and from around the world. Just A Chap Passing Through... is very strongly recommended reading for those interested in the intricate and intriguing world (and underworld) of fine arts.
 
Very strongly recommended reading for those interested in the intricate and intriguing world (and underworld) of fine arts  May 7, 2006
Just A Chap Passing Through...: The Secret World Of Fine Art Insurance is the inherently fascinating and quite informative autobiography of William F. Smith. A man who lived a life involving museums, collectors, dealers, artists, felons, police, feds, and insurance companies. Bill Smith dealt with the commercial and sometimes shady world of Fine Arts, which brought him into contact with Scotland Yard, Interpol, the FBI, museum directors, curators, and art thieves. That life is showcased in his candid memoir, Just A Chap Passing Through..., and carries his readers through the tales of Smith's colorful career as a premier art adjuster dealing with stolen pieces through the USA and from around the world. Just A Chap Passing Through... is very strongly recommended reading for those interested in the intricate and intriguing world (and underworld) of fine arts.
 
EXCELLENT MEMOIR  Feb 15, 2006
This book is a treasure chest of the history of fine art insurance in America and Europe in the last half of the twentieth century. It will be of interest to the entire art community.
 

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