For an audio-visual offering of love and deceit in European capitals, watch The Best Offer online. It is the story centred on an ageing man named Virgil Oldman who runs an auction house. He is soon assigned by an heiress named Claire Ibbetson the duty of disposing off a huge collection of antiques and art that her parents left her. Claire is a recluse and she refuses to show herself to people. So agoraphobic is she that she never leaves her room.
Oldman who has been a bachelor all his life soon finds himself falling in love with the heiress. Oldman engages a young artificer named Robert to assist in the restoration and reassembly of some of the antiques that he has been hired to auction off. In the course of this Oldman receives tips from the artificer on how he can win the young heiressâ€™ love.
Things are going well for Oldman, in fact too well. With the help of a friend he manages to purchase a huge collection of paintings at just about the same time that Claire is beginning to warm towards him.
Thanks to the relationship between Oldman and Claire, Claire gets over her agoraphobia. Additionally she moves in with Oldman. Oldman sees her as a fragile and delicate creature and he has complete trust in her. Consequently he shows Claire the priceless portrait collection he owns.
But Oldman returns home one day to find that this most valuable of collections is missing. Watch The Best Offer to find out what transpires in the end!