It's not the object itself that arouses my curiosity
but its contradiction.
I found it in this position in contact with damp flooring
but the rust is all along the top of the cogs
nowhere near the damp.
What does all this mean?
That the object plainly hadn't been there very long.
And probably got rusty in some other place
or someone turned the thing upside down.
That's all, nothing more than a useless exercise in deduction.
Hi Robert, did you manage it?
Did you ever doubt me?
This works perfectly now
and I transcribed the recording from the tape.
You're a genius!
How much do I owe you?
Oh, nothing. So maybe one day you'll invite me to dinner.
Count on it.
Can I give you a kiss?
Yes, you can! That is one thing I am good at!
William-Adolphe Bouguereau: "The Birth of Venus".
安伯托•维鲁达 "坦诚" 1♥8♥9♥0年
Umberto Veruda. "Be Honest". 1♥8♥9♥0.
You've been the talk of the town lately.
I was hoping to see you on television but you...
I don't like to appear. I prefer to remain in the shadows.
We're much the same that way.
That doesn't mean we'll be able to agree.
My secretary's been going mad looking for you.
How do you know that a unknown painter will become famous and collectable.
Intuition, Miss lbbetson.
The same intuition that makes me doubt your intentions.
I'm sorry if I've given you that impression...
I've already entrusted you in my belonging...
That's not how things work.
There has to be a signed contract before an inventory can be drawn up.
It's a lengthy process and unless you stop fooling around
除非你不再敷衍 亲自出面 否则根本无法动工
and decide to come out into the open it will never even get started.
Go ahead with the inventory, Mr. Oldman.
The day you begin I'll meet you at the villa
and we'll reach an agreement.
You have my word.
Take these papers down, please.
I'm not sure, but looks German to me.
Careful with that!
It's almost 11:00. The appointment was for 8:30.
She's not answering her mobile
but if she said she'll come she'll be here.
It doesn't look like the piano needs restoration.
Quite so. we only have to check the keyboard
but we don't have the key.
But... here it is.
Last time there was no key in the lock.
Mr. Oldman could you help me with the bookcase?
Italian bookcase in solid wood first half...
Who smashed this?
Nobody, Mr. Oldman. It was already broken.
Is this part of the house inhabited?
There've been some changes
I don't know what...
No, no... Mr... I'm sorry
I'm not sure of your name. I thought you were...
It doesn't matter who I am.
But I assure you nobody lives here.
Be that as it may, if your mistress has not materialised by mid-day
I will have no option but to suspend operations and remove myself.
Hello? Mr. Oldman?
Mr Oldman can you hear me? Mr. Oldman.
I don't know how to apologise. I don't know what you must think of me, but...
At least spare me the self-serving justifications.
Please, let me speak.
I cannot lay a hand on your possessions without a signed contract.
Is that clear?
Would you be so kind as to leave it on the table in the hallway?
You'll find it signed.
I accept all your conditions...
Yes, but I do not accept yours Miss lbbetson!
I am not in the habit of doing business with the phantom of a silly superficial woman
I can quite understand your exasperation, Mr. Oldman...
but please believe me I didn't mean anything by it.
It's been a series of unfortunate unintentional mishaps...
So what exactly happened today Miss lbbetson?
My car was stolen. I had to go to the police to report it.
Which police station did you go to?
The one in the city centre.
Whereabouts in the city centre?
On the main square.
That's enough of this interrogation! No more of this!
Who do you think you are?
Are you here, Miss lbbetson?
What do you mean? What kind of question is that?
Are you here?
I don't understand.
If you are, come out at once!
Explain the meaning of this senseless game which I don't find in the least amusing
Call me tonight after nine o'clock. I'll explain everything.
Well, it's the same material same workmanship too.
There's no doubt these belong to the same system.
There's no signature no mark, no inscription?
I got the rust and oxidisation off the other piece but...
look, there's nothing.
I can do the same thing with these but right now
I can't see anything.
What have you found?
The technique in which the cogs has been attached to its axis
it's old, really old. I mean, I've never seen anything like it.
Here, look. Look.
It's 18th century!
We could be onto something big here!
Could you hazard a guess as to what it is?
Three pieces of the mosaic is just not enough, Mr. Oldman.
In the last few years the old couple were both unwell.
The house was in a terrible state even then.
Mr. lbbetson was always saying that sooner or later they'd have to sell something.
And Miss Claire? How old is she?