The true crime story of a maverick art dealer and his audacious swindle

Michel Cohen lived the high life – until reckless trading turned his American Dream into a nightmare. Watch this fascinating film as well as many other crime and art documentaries on BBC Select today. Restrictions apply*.

Michel Cohen was a self-made, successful art dealer living the 1990s dream, selling paintings by artistic luminaries including Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall to the wealthy elite of America. He lived the high life too, with homes in New York and Malibu and a lifestyle as ritzy as his clientele. But after making the catastrophic decision to begin trading recklessly on the US Stock Market, Cohen’s charmed life unravelled as he swindled his clients and contemporaries out of millions in an attempt to recoup his losses. He went on the run, was captured and imprisoned, miraculously escaped and subsequently disappeared off the face of the Earth. But his story doesn’t end there. Filmmaker Vanessa Engle found Cohen – and persuaded him to share his astonishing tale of Monet, money and morality.

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