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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…

Why Is Modigliani Catnip for Forgers? The Fakes (and Feuds) Behind One of the Art Market’s Most Dangerous Artists

news.artnet.com/art-world/modigliani-catnip-art-forgers-1033748 07/08/2017 An exhibition of work by Amedeo Modigliani in Genoa ended dramatically last month, when 21 paintings—around a third of the works in the show—were seized from the Palazzo Ducale by Italian police on suspicion they were fake. The museum closed the show three days early—but not before a staggering 100,000 visitors had already seen it.…

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…

Knoedler fakes case will go to trial, judge orders

theartnewspaper.comhttp://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/159740/ Knoedler fakes case will go to trial, judge orders In a forgery scandal that shook the art world, the now-shuttered Knoedler Gallery and its former director Ann Freedman will have to go to trial in two cases involving the sale of fake Abstract Expressionist paintings, Manhattan’s federal court ruled on Wednesday, 30 September.  …

Goya art forgery: Judge probes use of four fake Goyas to fund Madrid hospital | In English | EL PAÍS

A company used four fake Goya paintings to raise funds to build a medical center specializing in spinal cord injuries west of Madrid, the public prosecutor has said.Inversión y Explotación de Activos, SL produced an expert appraisal placing the collective value of the artwork at over €10 million, which was enough to persuade local authorities…

Goya art forgery: Judge probes use of four fake Goyas to fund Madrid hospital | In English | EL PAÍS

A company used four fake Goya paintings to raise funds to build a medical center specializing in spinal cord injuries west of Madrid, the public prosecutor has said.Inversión y Explotación de Activos, SL produced an expert appraisal placing the collective value of the artwork at over €10 million, which was enough to persuade local authorities…