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Art Theft

Floating fugazies hawked at spurious auction on Royal Caribbean. Does this make the cruise line an accesory to fraud, or do they think they can skirt the law by pushing fakes twelve miles offshore, seemingly beyond the longarms of Uncle Sam?

Perhaps Royal Caribbean is unaware of admiralty court and false pretenses? Frankly, they should be banned from US port of calls if this story is true.

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I was lounging poolside, cocktail in hand, when I heard the announcement. The grand finale art auction was about to start.

It was a weekend cruise from Miami to the Bahamas aboard Royal Caribbean’s recently refurbished Navigator of the Seas. Attending the ship’s auction wasn’t part of my plan, but it was beginning to rain, and the rest of my party was still at port. What else was I going to do with the rest of the afternoon? As I entered the event, hosted by cruise-ship auctioneer Park West Gallery, I bypassed the registration table, heading straight for the auction floor, where a waiter was handing out glasses of sparkling white wine.

From the start, it was clear that this was no regular art auction. After a brief spiel encouraging folks to buy art as a legacy to leave to their children, the auctioneer, Robert Borotescu, got down to business.

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