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$80 million art scam fooled the experts

cnbc.com/2018/08/16/think-you-can-spot-a-fraud-this-80-million-art-scam-fooled-experts.html Scott CohnAugust 17, 2018 Art lovers need to take a scientific approach to avoid buying fakes. The biggest art fraud in modern U.S. history was shockingly simple. Yet it went on for 15 years, duped some of the world’s most sophisticated collectors, brought down a 165-year-old New York gallery, and brought in more than…

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales, warn Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales, warn Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/12/online-auction-sites-ebay-boosting-fake-art-sales-warn-fiona Francesca MarshallAugust 12, 2018 Online auction sites such as eBay are boosting fake art sales, according to Fiona Bruce and dealer Philip Mould. As the much loved art show Fake or Fortune returns to the BBC this evening…

Prison sentences and million-euro-damages for art forgery gang

yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/prison_sentences_and_million-euro-damages_for_art_forgery_gang/10301189 News 12.7.2018 14:19 | updated 12.7.2018 14:19 Four people were slapped with custodial prison terms while two others received suspended sentences for their role in an art forgery scam. One person was declared innocent. The Pirkanmaa District Court has sentenced four people to prison terms for a large-scale art forgery scam that netted them 1.3 million euros.…

Already One of the Most Forged Artists, the Modigliani Problem Is About to Get Worse

observer.com/2018/05/modigliani-expert-warns-of-more-advanced-forgeries-hitting-the-market (For full report with images, follow link above) David D’ArcyMay 11, 2018 Next week Sotheby’s will auction Amedeo Modigliani’s 1917 Nu Couché (sur le côté gauche) or Reclining Nude, the largest painting that the artist ever made. The auction house predicts that the picture, consigned by the Irish horse breeder John Magnier, will sell for at least $150 million. Add…

How Museums Handle Forgeries in Their Collections

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-museums-handle-forgeries-collections May 10, 2018 Art forgeries are surprisingly common, to the point that scandals hit the news regularly. No one is safe from deception—forgers can be skilled enough to dupe experts at some of the world’s most prestigious museums. So what do these institutions do when valuable objects within their collections are challenged as being fake? Among…

‘Frauds, Fakes, Forgeries’

news.wsu.edu/2018/04/19/frauds-fakes-forgeries-wsu-library April 19, 2018 Abraham Lincoln, photo by Alexander Gardner from Lincoln’s last formal sitting. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries PULLMAN, Wash. – The manuscript from Honest Abe wasn’t so honest. It took more than 60 years for the staff of Washington State University’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC) to…

Five Famous Antique Forgeries

If you want to read the full report with images, please visit: history.com/news/famous-antique-forgeries The fake Bingham Family Civil War Memorial Secretary at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. (Credit: John Banks Civil War Blog http://john-banks.blogspot.com) Until recently, an elaborate secretary (i.e., a desk with drawers) built to honor a Union soldier, John Bingham, stood on display in…

South Korea – Gov’t seeks to toughen up laws to address art forgery

english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2017/12/26/0200000000AEN20171226006900315.html 2017/12/26 16:20 SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) — The South Korean government pushes to fight against art forgery by firming up relevant laws in the wake of a series of high profile art forgery scandals that have hit the country since last year, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism…

Sotheby’s scientists just scored a big win in the battle against fake art

fastcompany.com/40503422/sothebys-scientists-just-scored-a-big-win-in-the-battle-against-fake-art Here’s another example of why science pays, kids. It was exactly one year ago today that Sotheby’s announced the acquisition of Orion Analytical, a materials analysis and consulting firm whose crack team of scientists—led by the noted art-fraud guru Jamie Martin—would use their forensic skills to detect fake artworks. The famed auction house then established its Department of…

Dark-Web Shoppers Are Bidding $350,000 in Bitcoin for a Stolen Painting—and It’s Likely a Fake

news.artnet.com/art-world/new-zealand-art-center-director-dubs-dark-web-lindauer-hoax-1161812 28/11/2017 In April, two 133-year-old paintings of Māori tribal leaders Chief and Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure by Gottfried Lindauer were stolen from an Auckland gallery in a 4 am smash-and-grab raid. Now, an online bitcoin auction for a stolen Lindauer painting has some wondering whether the dark web presents a new threat to the legitimate fine-art market. But…

Art Fakes Loom Over Modigliani Madness

thedailybeast.com/art-fakes-loom-over-modigliani-madness 11/11/2017 It has been a big year for Amedeo Modigliani. At least three exhibitions of the Italian painter and sculptor’s work are currently underway or about to open around the world. In New York City, “Modigliani Unmasked” opened at the Jewish Museum in September, highlighting the artist’s early years in Paris, with a special emphasis…

Inside the Underground World of Legal Art Forgery

architecturaldigest.com/story/legal-art-forgery Janelle Zara Despite having the means to own the original, one American multimillionaire has opted to hang a forged Renoir in his home while the real thing hangs prominently at a major museum. The man in question is not President Donald Trump, who recently made headlines with his claim of owning Renoir’s 1881 Two Sisters…

Artists turn to vellum to beat the forgers copying their work

telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/artists-turn-vellum-beat-forgers-copying-work/ Patrick Sawer , Senior Reporter01/10/2017 With millions of pounds at stake the art world has long wrestled with how to detect forgeries, from using chemical paint analysis to X-rays, infra-red examination and putting canvases under the microscope. But one solution has been staring us in the face all this time, and it dates back…

The Surprising Truth About Fake Art and How to Avoid Being Scammed

townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a12108723/fake-art-how-to-avoid-scams/ 25/09/2017 Here’s a little test of your social anxiety. You’re on Main Street in East Hampton (You failed already! Just kidding), window-shopping, and you see an art gallery. You’re not an art connoisseur, but you know what you like and you’ve been known to spend on it. This gallery is no gewgaw emporium for…

Vietnamese Art Has Never Been More Popular. But the Market Is Full of Fakes

nytimes.com/2017/08/11/arts/design/vietnamese-art-has-never-been-more-popular-but-the-market-is-full-of-fakes.html By RICHARD C. PADDOCK11/08/2017 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City was billed as a triumphant homecoming for works by some of Vietnam’s most influential artists. But Nguyen Thanh Chuong, a prominent artist himself, was stunned by what he saw. Hanging on the wall…

These Forgeries Fooled the Art World—What about You?

artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-forgeries-fooled-art-you 1-8-2017 Artist Elmyr de Hory is famous for his fakes. Throughout the 20th century, he forged the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani—and did it so skillfully that he managed to pawn off more than a thousand of his own works as those of the greats. When his deception was discovered in the 1950s, de Hory’s story…

Italian art distributor given 9 months in prison for selling fake Picassos – Chicago Tribune

chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-italian-art-distributor–international-fraud-met-20170726-story.html Jason Meisner27/07/2017 An Italian art distributor was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Chicago to nine months in prison for selling fake “limited edition” prints of legendary painters such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso as part of an international fraud ring. Elio Bonfiglioli, 62, was given credit for about six months he had…

Forged Provenance — FBI

Forging Papers to Sell Fake Art fbi.gov/news/stories/forging-papers-to-sell-fake-art Spoutz’s scam was straightforward but well executed. He contacted art galleries or auction houses and offered for sale previously unknown works by artists such as American abstract impressionists Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Joan Mitchell. The art did not appear in any catalogs or collections of the…

Britain’s greatest art fraud exhibits in top galleries | Daily Mail Online

The fake’s progress: How the masterpieces of Britain’s greatest art fraud are now being shown in top galleries dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-4317370/Britain-s-greatest-art-fraud-exhibits-galleries.html 18/03/2017 The artist jailed for Britain’s most audacious art fraud has sneaked into top art galleries to hang his fakes next to real masterpieces. Don’t worry, John Myatt tells Event , I’ve done my time and…

The Rise Of Fake And Forged Works Of Egyptian Modern Art – Artlyst

The Rise Of Fake And Forged Works Of Egyptian Modern Art artlyst.com/news/the-rise-of-fake-and-forged-works-of-egyptian-modern-art/ The discovery of fake and forged works has been something that has plagued the art market for centuries. There have been a number of famous cases, including the fake Frans Hals that Sotheby’s recently sold for ten million dollars, only to have to…

High Art, Wall Street Money, and Forgery Claims Collide in Quiet Corner of N.H.

High Art, Wall Street Money, and Forgery Claims Collide in Quiet Corner of N.H. nhpr.org/post/high-art-wall-street-money-and-forgery-claims-collide-quiet-corner-nh By Todd Bookman Mercenaries IV, a painting by artist Leon Golub from 1980. Credit Jennifer Mei/Creative Commons Between 2009 and 2011, a local art history professor sold two dozen paintings from her personal collection. The works were all by a…

F Is for Forgery: Van Gogh’s Lost Arles Sketchbook :: Visual Arts :: Features :: Paste

F Is for Forgery: Van Gogh’s Lost Arles Sketchbook pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/01/vincent-van-gogh-is-one.html Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most celebrated artists of the past two hundred years. It comes down to his uniquely known style. The way the paint builds on his canvasses to illuminates a body of water. Or the wicked curves of a cypress…

Furti d’arte in Italia: il grande lavoro dei Carabinieri

Furti d’arte in Italia: il grande lavoro dei Carabinieri newnotizie.it/2017/01/04/furti-darte-italia-grande-lavoro-dei-carabinieri/ 04/01/2017 I furti d’arte, ancora oggi dilaganti e dalle conseguenze incalcolabili sulla conservazione del patrimonio storico-artistico del Bel Paese, hanno radici molto profonde. I primi tentativi di regolamentazione del fenomeno risalgono al 1624, ed in particolare si debbono allo Stato della Chiesa. Nonostante la diffusa…

Angkor replicated: How Cambodian workshops produce fake masterpieces, and get away with it

Angkor replicated: How Cambodian workshops produce fake masterpieces, and get away with it scroll.in/article/822326/angkor-replicated-how-cambodian-workshops-produce-fake-masterpieces-and-get-away-with-it Martin Polkinghorne, The Conversation As part of my work as an archaeologist, my team and I recently discovered an ancient artists’ studio in UNESCO-listed Angkor, an area in Cambodia that was home to numerous capitals of the Khmer Empire and is…

Art world rocked by ‘genius’ £200m Old Masters forgery scandal – The i newspaper online iNews

Art world rocked by ‘genius’ £200m Old Masters forgery scandal inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/art-world-rocked-genius-200m-old-masters-forgery-scandal/ Adam Sherwin21/10/2016 They are undoubtedly the work of a genius, art experts admit. But police are now investigating a spate of brilliant Old Masters forgeries which have fooled the world’s leading auction houses and museums. The authorities are seeking to crack the ring, thought…

9 of Art History’s Most Surprising Forgery Scandals | artnet News

9 of the Craziest Recent Forgery Scandals news.artnet.com/art-world/705428-705428 17/10/2016 Nothing strikes fear into the heart of an art collector or museum like the possibility that a prized work of art might actually be a worthless forgery. And yet, despite the best efforts of experts to safeguard against such chicanery, fake works masquerading as priceless original continue…

Serious doubts grow over Old Masters sold by Giulano Ruffini

Serious doubts grow over Old Masters sold by Giulano Ruffini theartnewspaper.com/news/doubts-grow-over-old-masters-sold-by-giulano-ruffini/ An Unknown Man was believed to have been by Frans Hals and was sold by Sotheby’s in 2011—the auction house has now cast serious doubt over its authenticity In the latest development in a growing scandal over several Old Master paintings, the authenticity of…

‘Moriarty of the Old Master’ pulls off the art crime of the century: Market in crisis as experts warn £200m of paintings could be fakes  | Daily Mail Online

‘Moriarty of the Old Master’ pulls off the art crime of the century: Market in crisis as experts warn £200m of paintings could be fakes’ dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3817580/Moriarty-Old-Master-pulls-art-crime-century-Market-crisis-experts-warn-200m-paintings-fakes.html 10/1/2016 The suspect Old Masters described as the ‘biggest scandal in a century’ In one case Sotheby’s in London forced to take back an £8.4m ‘Frans Hals’ Experts are…

How fake artworks are disrupting the Indigenous art market

Indigenous art: How fake works disrupt the market and disempower local artists abc.net.au/news/2016-10-05/how-fake-works-are-disrupting-the-indigenous-art-market/7904640 10/5/2016 RN By Rico Adjrun for AWAYE Posted about 4 hours agoWed 5 Oct 2016, 4:26am This year, Gabrielle Sullivan and her colleagues at the Indigenous Arts Code went to some of the most popular tourist destinations in the country for overseas…

Staying Ahead of the Forgers

Staying Ahead of the Forgers chromatographytoday.com/news/hplc-uhplc/31/breaking_news/staying_ahead_of_the_forgers/40187/ Sep 05 2016 07:00 AMHPLC, UHPLC Share this Art forgery is big business. For forgers, the ability to recreate a classic work of art and get it accepted by the experts as an authentic work of art gives a forger great pleasure. But authenticating art is not only an…

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says theartnewspaper.com/news/news/almost-70-of-smuggled-objects-seized-in-syria-and-lebanon-are-fakes-antiquities-chief-says/   Syria’s antiquities and museums agency released photos of a number of fake mosaics that were circulating in 2013. The number has only gone up. Photo: DGAM Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director general of antiquities and museums Close to three-quarters…

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal theartnewspaper.com/news/what-we-learned-from-the-knoedler-fakes-scandal/   A purported Jackson Pollock sold by the Knoedler Gallery to Jack Levy Are collectors “stupid” to spend millions of dollars on a work of art without personally investigating its authenticity? This is what Robert Storr, the former dean of Yale University School of Art argues.…

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition

Vietnam museum says all paintings fake in high-profile exhibition thanhniennews.com/arts-culture/vietnam-museum-says-all-paintings-fake-in-highprofile-exhibition-64416.html Titled as “Abstract,” this painting is found to be deceptively put under the name of late artist Ta Ty at the exhibition “Paintings returned from the Europe.” A living artist has claimed the work as his. Photo: Lucy Nguyen/Thanh Nien The Ho Chi Minh City…

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery

These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-these-four-technologies-may-finally-put-an-end-to-art-forgery Artsy Editorial By Rene Chun Jul 18th, 2016 7:40 am Like method actors and bearded brewmasters, the best art forgers are obsessed with authenticity. But thanks to a handful of new authentication technologies, even history’s most painstaking efforts wouldn’t stump today’s art sleuths.…

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They’re Real

A Forger Confessed to Faking Millions in Lee Ufan Works—Now the Artist Says They’re Real artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-a-forger-confessed-to-faking-millions-in-lee-ufan-works-now-the-artist-says-they-re-real South Korean artist Lee Ufan poses near his artwork L’arche de Versailles (The arch of Versailles), on June 11, 2014, at the Chateau de Versailles. Image courtesy of Fred Dufour and Getty Images. Police in Seoul believed they had their man.…

Fake Monet, Renoir paintings cost dealer $31M and his reputation

Fake Monet, Renoir paintings cost dealer $31M and his reputation pagesix.com/2016/07/06/fake-monet-renoir-paintings-cost-dealer-31m-and-his-reputation/ By Derrick Bryson Taylor Modal Trigger (inset) Alex Komolov and wife Svetlana Komolova Photo: Getty Images / Alex Komolov Alex Komolov, the owner of the Alskom Gallery in Manhattan, is in the midst of a six-year legal battle against his former business colleagues for allegedly…

13 of Lee U-fan’s paintings confirmed to be forged

13 of Lee U-fan’s paintings confirmed to be forged www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2016/06/148_206217.html Posted : 2016-06-03 16:53Updated : 2016-06-03 17:42 Lee U-fan’s “Point” By Yun Suh-young Police have confirmed that several of artist Lee U-fan’s works were forged. The announcement on Thursday is based on the results of a National Forensic Service probe. Suspicions about the works arose in 2012.…

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’

‘Imagine how easy Keith Haring is to fake’ theartnewspaper.com/market/art-market-news/imagine-how-easy-keith-haring-is-to-fake/ Richard Polsky. Photo: Bill Kane Last October Richard Polsky, the San Francisco art dealer who wrote I Bought Andy Warhol (2003), started an authentication service for the artist’s works, driven by the dissolution of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ authentication committee four years…

Brett Whiteley fake art: Dealer and conservator guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud

theage.com.auhttp://www.theage.com.au/victoria/brett-whiteley-fake-art-dealer-and-conservator-guilty-of-australias-biggest-art-fraud-20160512-gotqa4.html Brett Whiteley fake art: Dealer and conservator guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud Mark RussellMay 12, 2016 – 5:06PM Art dealer Peter Gant has been found guilty of selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer Two men have been found guilty of Australia’s biggest art fraud, where fake paintings by famous Australian artist…

Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes

telegraph.co.ukhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/07/art-forger-goes-straight-selling-5000-fakes/ Art forger goes straight selling £5,000 fakes Robert Mendick , Chief Reporter These masterpieces should be worth in the region of a half a billion pounds. Except they are fakes produced by David Henty, a convicted forger who produced them in the living room of his house by the seaside Brighton. Mr Henty was…

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million

Fake Whiteley paintings sold for $3.6 million www.skynews.com.au/news/national/vic/2016/04/11/fake-whiteley-paintings-sold-for–3-6-million.html   Published: 7:18 pm, Monday, 11 April 2016 Two Brett Whiteley paintings that sold for more than $3 million were created in a Melbourne store room 15 years after the famous artist’s death, a court has heard. Blue Lavender Bay, purchased for $2.5 million by Sydney Swans…

Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach

theartnewspaper.comhttp://theartnewspaper.com/news/the-tangled-web-surrounding-prince-of-liechtenstein-s-cranach/ Smears, counterclaims and lawsuits—the tangled web surrounding Prince of Liechtenstein’s Cranach Venus (1531), attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder. Photo: © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz–Vienna There has been a bizarre new twist in the case of the Prince of Liechtenstein’s painting of Venus, attributed to Cranach, which was seized on 1 March by…

Real artifacts stolen, replaced with fake ones at Peshawar museum – Crime – Dunya News

dunyanews.tvhttp://dunyanews.tv/en/Crime/329390-Real-artifacts-stolen-replaced-with-fake-ones-at- Real artifacts stolen, replaced with fake ones at Peshawar museum   Last Updated On 26 March,2016 08:09 pm Anti-corruption department seals all records of Peshawar museum after the incident PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – A one of a kind theft was carried out in Peshawar where the original artifacts of the Peshawar museum after being stolen…

Experts question the authenticity of a group of works by Jackson Pollock

Experts question the authenticity of a group of works by Jackson Pollock theartnewspaper.com/market/art-market-news/160746/   Jackson Pollock’s paint-splattered studio in East Hampton, New York, including paint cans used by the artist. Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images Questions have been raised about the authenticity of a group of works attributed to Jackson Pollock, six of which were…

Have Multi-Million-Dollar Forgery Scandals Changed the Art Market for Good?

Five years ago, the handshake deal in art transactions seemed doomed when two massive forgery scandals sent shivers through the art world. Everyone the market counted on had been fooled. Christie’s and Sotheby’s had sold the forgeries, experts had authenticated them, the Met and other museums had exhibited them, major dealers had circulated them. In…

Turnbull Library admits it bought a fake Lindauer | Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 19 October 2015 | Radio New Zealand

Turnbull Library admits it bought a fake Lindauer Updated at 9:36 am on 19 October 2015 The country’s national heritage collector, the Alexander Turnbull Library bought a fake Lindauer painting, despite being warned by an expert that is was likely to be a forgery. Portrait of a Maori man named as as Hoani or Hamiora…

Turnbull Library admits it bought a fake Lindauer | Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 19 October 2015 | Radio New Zealand

Turnbull Library admits it bought a fake Lindauer Updated at 9:36 am on 19 October 2015 The country’s national heritage collector, the Alexander Turnbull Library bought a fake Lindauer painting, despite being warned by an expert that is was likely to be a forgery. Portrait of a Maori man named as as Hoani or Hamiora…

Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey

hyperallergic.comhttp://hyperallergic.com/244545/turkish-dealer-on-trial-over-exhibition-of-allegedly-fake-joan-miro-works/ Allegedly Fake Joan Mirós Trigger Trials in Turkey Cihan Kucuk On November 20, 2013, an exhibition titled Miró in Istanbul opened at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, but its two-month run was cut short when the objects on view were denounced as fake and it closedon December 20. Art dealer…

Lawsuits in Knoedler Forgery Case Are Set for Trial – The New York Times

Two lawsuits in the Knoedler & Company gallery forgery case, one of the art market’s more stunning scandals, are set to go to trial in January because there is “ample circumstantial evidence” for a jury to decide whether the gallery’s former president knew that some paintings she was selling were fake, a federal judge said…