In a classic case of art making headlines for all the wrong reasons, 50 porters and six auctioneers from Hotel Drouot, the saleroom facility used by most Paris auctioneers, recently went on trial charged with stealing 250 tonnes of antiques, jewels and artworks. One of the clues that helped to give the game away was the increasingly lavish lifestyle of the porters, who took to driving Porsches and BMW Cabriolets. A verdict is expected tomorrow.
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