The Best Offer

Synopsis: In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Giuseppe Tornatore
Production: IFC Films
  25 wins & 26 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

At 2,000,000. 2,100,000.

2,300,000 on the telephone.

2,500,000. I can sell it.


At 2,700,000. Any more?

Are we all done?

At 2,700,000.

Sold. Congratulations, Sir.

Lot 232.

Disciple of Boris Gregorian,

Thurst. Oil on canvas, 60 x 70.

This one will go

to the best offer.

1,000. 2,000.

3,000. 4,000. 5,000 online.

6,000. 7,000.

8,000. 9,000 on the telephone.

10,000 back in the room.

11,000 online.

12,000. 13,000 online.

14,000. 15,000.

This is not doing

my neck any good.

At 15,000.

20,000. At 20,000.

Any more? Sold!

- Beautiful, isn't it?

- Yes. Very.

You never miss a trick,

do you, governor?

- Who is it really?

- Yansky.

A Russian painter who

died in the late '30s.

An outstanding

landscape painter.

But among his many landscapes,

he painted three portraits.

Only three in his whole life.

And this is one of the three.

It's double, alright?

How long have we

known each other?

Quite a while.

We've pulled off some sharp

tricks time after time.

Remember Milo Hensen?

You were the only one who

knew he was going to be big.

We got that portrait of

his mother for a song

from under the noses of

that bunch of idiots.

Must be worth a fortune now.

You almost sound bitter

you didn't get more.

Have we ever talked about

money, you and me?

- Honestly, no.

- It's been good enough for you.

It's been good enough

for me, you misery.

What matters is that

you're satisfied.

My only regret is never

being able to persuade you

that my paintings are evidence

of a great artistic talent.

A love of art and knowing

how to hold a brush

doesn't make an artist.

You need an inner mystery. A

knack you've never possessed.

You're right. Double

wasn't enough.

In my 36 years in this business,

never has anyone had the gall

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Giuseppe Tornatore

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is considered as one of the directors who brought critical acclaim back to Italian cinema. In a career spanning over 30 years he is best known for directing and writing drama films such as The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Baarìa and The Best Offer. Probably his most noted film is Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, for which Tornatore won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He directed also several advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana. more…

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