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A Cautionary Tale of the World’s Superrich Blowing Millions on Art

The new book on Duveen Brothers details one of the 20th century’s most powerful art dealers.

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Source: The Frick Collection in association with D. Giles Ltd.

In 1930, as the U.S. entered the second year of the Great Depression, Anna Thomson Dodge decided to build a mansion in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

Her husband, a founder of Dodge Motors, had died several years before, and she had money to spend—reportedly up to $1.8 million a year. Dodge enlisted Joseph Duveen, one of the most prestigious art dealers in the world, to help her spend it.