He was browsing for souvenirs in a South Seas paradise when someone shouted out: “Are you Inigo?” In his designer swimming trunks and espadrilles, Inigo Philbrick, the boy wizard of the art world, barely had time to reply before they bundled him into the back of a car and whisked him away.

His arrest last month capped a chase that had led from art galleries in Mayfair and Miami to Vanuatu. The 33-year-old art dealer with a fondness for private jets and fine wines had been living on the South Pacific island since vanishing in November after being accused of swindling rich clients.

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