Art: Bargain Debasement?

In an ornate Paris hotel room, a trio of men, all but lost in a crowd of artists and their works, peered at canvases spread before them and then at one another. "You like?" boomed the tall one with the familiar face. "I like. We'll buy the lot," said the one in the short sports coat. The third man, in a dark suit, scribbled checks. The process took about an hour, cost $5,000, and added another 100 paintings, sketches and etchings to the stockpile of something called the Vincent Price Collection, Inc.

The familiar face was Price, veteran of more than 50...

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