• Razing Hell

    In Provence, France’s highest court orders a showman to destroy his opulent $69 million faux Italianate palazzo There’s something of a “separated at birth” quality to Donald Trump and Patrick Diter. Both made their fortunes in real estate. Both have a brazen if not confrontational and litigious style. Both like their homes to be palatial, […]

  • You Lose-Lautrec! The famous artist’s family gets grifted out of the family château

    Nobody was more Parisian than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the painter who captured the color and sweat of turn-of-the-century Montmartre and its Moulin Rouge scene in a stripped-down working way, where you could taste the absinthe and choke on the Gauloises. Known as the quintessential Parisian rake, Toulouse-Lautrec was actually a transplant, born into an old […]