Forged art and antiquities worth £4 million will be displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
By Urmee Khan Published: 7:30AM GMT 14 Dec 2009
The exhibition, curated by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art and Antiques Unit, will include confiscated works by Shaun Greenhalgh, the forger who executed “masterpieces” such as paintings purporting to be the work of the L S Lowry and statue of The Egyptian Amarna Princess.
The alabaster carved figure, created in Bolton in 2003, was sold for £440,000 before it was revealed as a fake.
The V&A will also show forgeries of work by the artist John Myatt, who copied 20th century artists such as Marc Chagall and faked Victoria paintings by Robert Thwaites, who was jailed in 2006.
They will form part of an exhibition to raise awareness about fraud by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art and Antiques Unit, who will also showcase some of the investigative methods involved in detecting and preventing the increasingly sophisticated crime of art forgery.
Det Sgt Vernon Rapley, from the unit, said: “We need to raise awareness of fakes and forgeries and the issues surrounding it to try to prevent crime in the future.“Hopefully, by making people more aware of the dangers they face and the methods used, people will be able to protect against it.”
The Metropolitan Police Service’s Investigation of Fakes and Forgeries free exhibition which will open at the Victoria and Albert Museum on January 23– 7 February 2010. (http://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/future_exhibs/index.html)