Collectors: Far Out to Jail

With André Malraux, France's Minister of Culture, adoration of art knows no bounds. He has put Marc Chagall's lovers on the ceiling of the Paris Opéra, Maillol bronzes in the Tuileries gardens, Masson's abstracts in the dome of the Comédie Française. He has washed the face of Paris from a dingy grey to honey-colored sandstone, and his art history, Voices of Silence, was a monument to a world he saw as "a museum without walls."

Nearly forgotten nowadays is the fact that Malraux's passion for art once led him to commit an act...

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