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ART FORGERY SCANDAL IN STOCKHOLM

ART FORGERY SCANDAL IN STOCKHOLM
A former Stockholm art gallery owner has been charged with a 30 million kronor ($4.4 million) art forgery scam. The name of the dealer in question was not given, but he is accused of faking works by some heavyweight modernists, including Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Edward Munch and Egon Schiele. Police claim that they found 15 forged works when they searched his house, and that he sold the fakes with forged certificates of authenticity from Sweden’s National Museum of Fine Arts. Authorities also say that the alleged forger secured a 200,000 kronor ($28,500) loan using a fake Braque painting as collateral, and attempted to sell “falsely signed” works by Viktor Vasarely through the website Blocket.se.

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