Fun While it Lasted

COVER_Fun While it LastedMy Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune

( ABN | BAM | IB )

Published July 9, 2003

Bruce McNall became obsessed with coin collecting at the age of 10. At 16, his collection was worth $60,000. During college, he traveled the world buying coins stolen from ancient sites and tombs. McNall’s first major sale was to Sy Weintraub, the head of Panavision, who bought $500,000 worth of coins in one sitting. Soon, McNall branched out into horse racing, movie making (The Fabulous Baker Boys), and owning the L.A. Kings hockey team.


Reviews

“Fun While It Lasted is as rare as McNall’s ancient coins . . . it has more than two sides — astonishingly honest . . . entertaining.”
— Richard Zanuck

“An absorbing first-person account of his rise and fall in the … world of antiques …”
— Booklist