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Get Crazy Deals On Art Books At The Taschen Sale This Week

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Taschen, a legendary art book publisher, is known for putting out gorgeous, compelling volumes on everything from the complete works of Hieronymus Bosch to book covers in the Weimar Republic. Aside from that one limited-edition Muhammad Ali book, Taschen's prices aren't obscene, but they are on par with what you'd expect from a purveyor of beautifully made works on paper—which is to say, out of most of our budgets. Except for twice a year, when the publishing house holds their semi-annual sale at their Beverly Hills and Los Angeles stores, and a cultural treasure trove of display copies and slightly damaged editions are marked down for the masses.

This year's summer sale runs from Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 26 at the publisher's Beverly Hills and Farmers Market locations. Sale books will be 50 to 75 percent off from their original prices, and a company representative assures us that a great many titles will be marked down at both locations. The company will also be holding simultaneous sales at their New York and Miami locations.

Also of particular note: we are told that copies of Taschen’s breathtakingly great Los Angeles. Portrait of a City—a massive, pictorial tribute to our city that typically retails for $70—will be half-off, and on hand at the not-exactly-low-but-still-far-more-affordable price of $34.99.

At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, we'd like to share our all time greatest Taschen-sale home decorating tip with our readers. First, find a book of beautiful images you love, being sold at a drastically reduced price. Make sure it has a damaged cover, so a) you can get the best possible price, and b) you feel less bad about ultimately destroying it. Select your favorite images and then very carefully remove the pages with an X-Acto blade. Instead of paying a ton to get your new “print” professionally framed, just find a nice standard frame at Michaels or wherever and then get a custom mat cut to fit the frame (about twenty bucks at your neighborhood framer). We don’t recommend cutting the mat yourself unless you are really crafty, but it will make a big difference in how classy the whole thing looks. Voilà, welcome to all the art in my apartment.

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The TASCHEN Store Beverly Hills is located at 354 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. They are open from 10 a.m. 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. (310) 274-4300

The TASCHEN Store Hollywood is located at the Farmers Market, on 6333 W. 3rd Street adjacent to The Grove. They are open from 9 a.m. 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. (323) 931-1168