Art scandal: valuable works go missing

During the first couple of years of Condon's agency, sales were slow. Then in 1999, he announced that he had found a "major buyer".

It sounded promising, but Jacqui's troubles were just beginning.

Pat Condon is a builder turned art dealer who used to carry cash in a supermarket bag as he cycled around town. He has a reputation in art circles as being loose with his record-keeping, some of his former clients complaining that he would take a long time to pass on money from sales.

"His objective was to be a millionaire," says one source who knows Condon. "Art was a means to that end."