29 Jan '16, 2pm

'Great aunt Doris and the Modigliani she bought for $70' — a true story: https://t.co/dA4RH9igaq

'Great aunt Doris and the Modigliani she bought for $70' — a true story: https://t.co/dA4RH9igaq

When Belknap began his research into his great aunt’s life, the story of the Modigliani’s origin had faded into obscurity. Indeed, it was a rather different story that first encouraged the former journalist to begin his research: a successful brewery owner, Belknap’s grandfather leased the family business to a gangster during prohibition — the beer transported to trucks through a network of hoses hidden in the sewers. ‘Eventually, the whole thing was discovered, and was a huge family scandal,’ he explains.

Full article: http://www.christies.com/features/The-Modigliani-bought-f...

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