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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

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This Monet hangs in the mystery art mogul's London office

Paris - (Big Art): The reclusive New York trillionaire who spoofed a credulous media into buying the Lily Safra fantasy has been at it again.

Last night in Paris he snapped up Modigliani's 1912 almond-eyed limestone head sculpture for a record 43.2m euros (£35.8m), sparking frenzied media rumors about his extraordinary ID.

For years the notoriously reticent mystery mogul has run circles around self-important art experts and their gullible theory pushers about the art market's equivalent of Big Oil players.

A Bloomberg story in May this year attributing the record US$103.7 million paid for Giacometti's L'Homme qui marche I to daftass banker's widow Lily Safra was one of his finest hoaxes.

The 2004 US$104,168,000 auction purchase of Picasso's Garçon à la Pipe was also one of his most successful secret forays into Big Art.

And spoofing artworld ignoramuses like self-professed 'expert critic' Godfrey Barker about the real ownership of the 1990 $82.5m (£46m) purchase of Van Gogh's Portrait of Doctor Gachet also ranks high on the register of hoaxes.

Jackson Pollock's US$140million No. 5, 1948, Pierre- Auguste Renoir's US $78.1million Bal du moulin de la Galette, Picasso's US $106.5million Nude, Green Leaves and Bust and his US $95.2million Dora Maar au Chat are also in the reclusive trillionaire's personal collection.

A spokesperson for London auction house Sothebees (sic) said today: "WTF??"

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