All That Glitters: A Story of Friendship, Fraud, and Fine Art

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A dazzling insider’s account of the contemporary art world and the stunning rise and fall of the charismatic American art dealer Inigo Philbrick, as seen through the eyes of his friend and fellow dealer

Orlando Whitfield and Inigo Philbrick met in 2006 at London’s Goldsmiths University where they became best friends. By 2007 they had started I&O Fine Art.

Orlando would eventually set up his own gallery and watch as Inigo quickly immersed himself in a world of private jets and multimillion-dollar deals for major clients. Inigo seemed brilliant, but underneath the extravagant façade, his complicated financial schemes were unraveling. With debt, lawsuits, and court summonses piling up, Inigo went into a tailspin of lies and subterfuge. At around the same time, Orlando would himself experience a nervous breakdown and leave the art world for good. By 2019 things had spiraled enough out of control for Inigo to flee to the remote island nation of Vanuatu, 300 miles west of Fiji. Within a year, he was arrested by the FBI and extradited to America, where he was sentenced to seven years in prison for having committed more than $86 million in fraud.

All That Glitters is at once a shocking and compulsive story of ambition and downfall, a cautionary tale, and an intimate portrait of friendship and its loss.

ORLANDO WHITFIELD is a failed art dealer. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The White Review, and The Sunday Times. This is his first book.

ISBN: 9780593316740

ISBN-10: 9780593316740

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 08/06/2024 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/06/2024 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English


True Crime / White Collar Crime

Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous

Art / History / Contemporary (1945-)