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By Stan Lauryssens

Publish yr note: First released in 1998

An striking memoir of fortune, fraud, and the grasp of contemporary art

Art broker Stan Lauryssens made thousands in sleek artwork, but he sold only one identify: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s paintings was once a scorching commodity for the newly wealthy, traders, and shady businessmen trying to launder their black-market money. Stan didn’t brain having a look the opposite direction; he simply was hoping the dealers might glance the opposite direction to boot. The works of art he offered got here from a few very questionable resources, yet he quickly came across that the shadiest resource of all was once Dalí himself.

 The extra profitable Stan grew to become, the nearer he got here to Dalí, until eventually he stumbled on himself residing round the corner to the getting older artist, within the Catalonian hills. While hiding from Interpol’s detectives, Stan spent his time with the artists, musicians, enterprise affiliates, and eccentrics who surrounded Dalí. He discovered approximately Dalí’s mystery historical past, the studio of artists who produced his paintings, and the beneficial desktop that stored Dalí’s extravagant way of life afloat lengthy after his creativity started to flounder.

 Dalí & I bargains a behind-the-scenes view of the trade and conspiracy that pass hand in hand in the foreign paintings international, written by way of a guy who has been to the top only to discover that it’s no longer so various from the ground.

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This was no mean feat when one considers that Cardiff was undergoing the most important and industrious period in its history, coping with a population explosion and its dockland Tiger Bay community both celebrated and feared throughout the seafaring world. Chief Superintendent William McKenzie, witnessed the size of Cardiff (and his responsibility) double. A population increase of over 50,000 in 10 years to a then high point of 190,000 is probably woefully underestimated. The extraordinarily transient population of a section of the docklands could never be accurately accounted for.

The carrot for them would be the benefits of remaining with the Cardiff force and a well publicised robust system of annual pay increments for all men was set in place. This would repay loyalty and hard work and encourage recruits to be in it for the long haul. Those not up to scratch would soon fall by the wayside or be dismissed. Special 5 and 10 year service targets would handsomely reward those willing to serve and strive in McKenzie’s image. Promoting through the ranks McKenzie’s promotion of men through the ranks on grounds of bravery, honesty and sheer hard work was a masterstroke.

An inebriated man was an easy prey for the thieves and wharf rats that haunted the back alleys around the docks, all too ready to relieve the unwary of their pay. The lucky were merely rolled for their cash, some beaten and even their clothing stolen. Others would end up in the ‘Ditch’, or the Glamorganshire Canal, their lifeless bodies dredged out by police. Williams may well just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Around midnight on 17 July he had left the Rothesay Castle pub on Bute Street in whose saloon bar he had been ‘drinking hard’ for three days.

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