Turnbull Library admits it bought a fake Lindauer
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.
In 2013 the Turnbull Library paid $75,000 at an auction for the portrait of a Maori man named as as Hoani or Hamiora Maioha, and signed G.Lindauer.
Before making the purchase, the library got the advice of colonial art expert Roger Blackley of Victoria University, who told them it was obviously not genuine. “I said it looks incredibly strange and is a fake”.
But the Turnbull curator decided to discount Mr Blackley’s advice, and instead get the views of its in-house experts, who believed it was a genuine Lindauer, and the purchase went ahead.