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Obituaries

Forrest Fenn, known for burying $2m worth of treasure in the Rocky Mountains, dies at 90

The controversial yet colourful Santa Fe-based art and antiquities dealer announced that his treasure had been found shortly before his death

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Art market

Status of $4.8m Modigliani painting challenged as legal battle over artist's catalogues raisonnés ramps up

French expert Marc Restellini claims substantial modifications to Italian painter's 1915 portrait of Beatrice Hastings were not mentioned by Christie's when the picture was sold—twice

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Fakes & copies

Two US museums plan to investigate their Gauguins after amateur art sleuth says they are fake

French-born Gauguin enthusiast Fabrice Fourmanoir correctly identified a fake in the J. Paul Getty Museum’s earlier this year

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Fakes & copies

Experts weigh in on alleged art forgery ring in Michigan

Art historians explain why the work of lesser known artists with rising markets, like George Copeland Ault and Gertrude Abercrombie, might become the target of a fakes scheme

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Antiquities

Two trunkloads of fake Iraqi antiquities seized by UK customs

The international market is now “absolutely awash” with forgeries, says British Museum curator who examined the hoard

Podcast

Can new tech recreate the hand of an Old Master?

Plus, Sophie Matisse on her great-grandfather Henri. Produced in association with Christie's

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Art fairs

Aggressive seizures by police at Brafa leave dealers feeling ‘assaulted’

Authorities brazenly took 34 artefacts during public opening hours at the Brussels fair

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Fakes & copies

'Stolen' ancient sculpture returned to Nigeria is 'the kind of fake you could buy on eBay', African art expert says

Countries' rush to restitute objects is part of the problem, says Belgian lawyer

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Exhibitions

British dealer James Butterwick cleared of defamation for describing Russian Avant-garde works in Mantua exhibition as fake

Italian judge said his opinion of the 2013 show was based on his “proven and recognised competence and experience”

Podcast

The story of a fake Gauguin at the Getty

Plus, Canadian First Nations artist Kent Monkman on his Met paintings and the art of food at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

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J. Paul Getty Museum

Bedevilled: multi-million Getty Gauguin is a fake

Museum probably paid at least $3m for the widely exhibited sculpture of a horned devil, but the misattributed work may have been made by a Polynesian artist for the European market

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Crime

Released but still under investigation: Russian couple embroiled in fraud scandal

Igor and Olga Toporovsky linked to controversial show of Russian avant-garde works in Ghent

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Museums & Heritage

As Nazi objects and fakes enter collectors’ market, should museums show them?

Highly publicised sales and seizures of Nazi memorabilia raise questions about whether such items should be exhibited

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Attribution

Met's “Riverbank” row rages over attribution debate

Experts prepare to fight it out at the Metropolitan as the painting bought from artist-collector C.C. Wang goes on display

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Giuliano Ruffini

Old Master fakes scandal: warrant issued for dealer Giuliano Ruffini as painter Lino Frongia arrested

Suspect has been jailed in northern Italy over case that has embroiled major international museums and dealers

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Law

The last lawsuit in the Knoedler fakes scandal is close to being settled

The Hilti Trust and the defunct gallery’s owners are in the process of reaching an agreement—but they could still end up in court

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Knoedler

Knoedler owner Michael Hammer may be liable for fraud over fakes, New York judge finds

The ruling was based on the loose business dealings of Hammer, the gallery and its parent company—like reimbursing him $2m for luxury cars

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Art market

Frans Hals court case may be settled but it raises questions over science, scholars and contracts

After settling with dealer Mark Weiss, Sotheby’s is still trying to recoup losses after refunding US buyer of the painting

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Art market

Two art dealers sentenced over 'fake-genuine' Rodin sculptures after 18 year legal battle

US-based Gary Snell and Paris dealer Robert Crouzet found guilty in French court of making and selling copies of works by the French sculptor

Comment
Caravaggio

Discovery in a Toulouse attic is no Caravaggio

There are too many oddities in the painting discovered in France five years ago

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Art market

Sotheby’s settles claim against London dealer Mark Weiss in Frans Hals case

Settlement came day before trial was due to start, but its suit against financier will continue

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Media & broadcast

Dueling documentaries take aim at one of the biggest scams in recent art history

Three productions are due to examine the Knoedler forgery scandal

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Adolf Hitler

Faking Hitler: the story behind a sinister market

Despite the failure of five of the dictator-to-be’s watercolours to sell at auction last month, a market for his works—both real and forged—remains

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Fakes & copies

Nuremberg prosecutor seizes 63 Hitler works from auction house on forgery suspicions

Twenty-six of the seized works were to be auctioned at Auktionshaus Weidler tomorrow

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Art market

Enigmatic Gino De Dominicis subject of complex fakes investigation in Italy

Market for Italian artist’s works slows as police investigation into alleged forgeries scares off some collectors

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Fakes & copies

Hitler watercolours seized as suspected fakes

Three landscapes signed A. Hitler were offered for sale at Berlin’s Auktionshaus Kloss

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African American art

African-American fakes on the rise

Problem is exacerbated as estates and foundations are increasingly unwilling to authenticate due to the threat of litigation

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Amedeo Modigliani

Forensic examination of all Modigliani works in French museums gets under way

Comprehensive analysis of 29 pieces from ten institutions could be “the best weapon against forgery”

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Law

US court orders collector to repay Sotheby’s $1.2m for Parmigianino fake

The judgement comes after two experts found the painting was made with modern synthetic pigments

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Fakes & copies

Museum of the Bible says that five of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are apparently fakes

Tests by German institute show "characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin"

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Exhibitions

Brillo Boxes ‘faked’ by museum director included in new Andy Warhol show

Pop artist's fist institutional exhibition revisited 50 years on at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet

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Art market

Old Master saga: expert hired by vendor to prove Saint Jerome's authenticity says it is a fake

Maurizio Seracini concurs that the painting sold by Sotheby’s in 2012 is a modern forgery

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Conservation & Preservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Copyright

French dealer awarded rights to Chinese artist T'ang Haywen's work

Paris court decision ends legal saga that began in 1991, when the artist died without an heir

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Art market

Kraemer brothers among six charged over allegedly fake Louis XIV furniture

Laurent and Olivier Kraemer charged with organised fraud and money laundering in ongoing investigation over so-called "fake Boulles"

News
Fakes & copies

French museum discovers more than half its collection is fake

Police in Perpignan have confiscated around 80 works originally attributed to painter Étienne Terrus

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Art Dubai 2018

Race to write Modern art history in the Middle East

Market for 20th-century works from the region will benefit from new technologies and deeper scholarship

News
Fakes & copies

The Art Newspaper's exposé helps close dubious Russian avant-garde art display in Ghent museum

Heirs of George Costakis, Naum Gabo and leading scholars disputed provenance claims of works on show at the Museum voor Schone Kunsten

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is big business for Berlin copyists whose Salvator Mundi is in the pipeline

Russian brothers behind the replicas are planning a show of their Leonardo reproductions next year

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Art market

Collectors tackle rise in fake Modern Middle Eastern art

Dalloul Art Foundation investigates authenticity of some Middle Eastern works before museum opening

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In the frame

Donald Trump's 'Renoir' raises questions

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Law

Ann Freedman, former Knoedler director, settles final lawsuit

Ten cases were brought to court by collectors who purchased fakes through the gallery

News

Three men charged with selling fake Damien Hirst prints online for $400,000

Man recently imprisoned for similar scheme is among group accused of deceiving dozens of collectors around the world

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Law

Lawsuit against art historian over fake Rothko settled out of court

The case against Oliver Wick was brought by the casino billionaire Frank Fertitta

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Law

Michigan art dealer sentenced to 41 months for running Modern art forgery scheme

Eric Spoutz was charged with selling fake works purportedly by De Kooning, Kline and Mitchell, that netted him $1.45m

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Law

Sotheby’s takes Mark Weiss to court over contested Frans Hals

The auction house has started proceedings in English High Court to recover its losses in the sale of a work that was deemed a forgery after technical testing

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Knoedler

No further jail time for Glafira Rosales for her role in $80m Knoedler forgery scandal

The Long Island dealer says she was abused and coerced into committing fraud by partner who fled to Spain

News

Forgery scandal surrounding Lee Ufan’s work grows in Korea with three arrests

The artist himself has denied that the works investigated by police are fakes

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Fakes & copies

Serious doubts grow over Old Masters sold by Giulano Ruffini

US collector refunded by Sotheby’s after tests reveal modern materials in “Frans Hals” painting &nbsp;<br> <br>

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Fakes & copies

The man at the centre of the Old Master fakes scandal

Sotheby's refunds buyer of Frans Hals once owned by Giulano Ruffini

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Law

What we learned from the Knoedler fakes scandal

Collectors still in the dark even when experts have doubts as reports rarely published

News
Fakes & copies

ARCHIVE: Unauthenticated Bacon works on sale in London

Herrick Gallery is marketing two pastels and eight drawings said to be by the Irish-born artist

News

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

Old Master works by Orazio Gentileschi, Frans Hals and Diego Velázquez drawn into dispute

News

Chinese artist retracts forgery claims about disputed Hairdressing paintings

In a letter to a lawyer, Geng Jianyi calls his previous dismissal of the works as authentic a “failure of memory”

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Art

Judgment against Max Ernst expert Werner Spies overturned in appeal

French court has reversed a decision fining the scholar for authenticating a fake work of art produced by Wolfgang Beltracchi

News

Knoedler Gallery settles lawsuit over fake Willem de Kooning

Collector John Howard bought the forgery from now defunct gallery for $4m

News

Could Leonardo’s Bella Principessa be Greenhalgh’s Bolton Sally?

Convicted UK forger claims to have faked the Renaissance drawing

News

Is it plagiarism or is it ‘shanzhai’?

Yayoi Kusama and Random International are latest victims of China’s copycats

News
Fakes & copies

Works of art to be tagged with DNA in bid to fight forgeries

Eric Fischl among the artists to support authentication system launched in London this week

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Law

Knoedler fakes case will go to trial, judge orders

The gallery’s former director Ann Freedman will “tell her story”, her lawyer says

News

Three angry buyers quietly settle forgery cases with Knoedler

Six lawsuits over fake Abstract Expressionist works are ongoing while suspects in Spain face extradition

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Books

A new book on the art of forgery is deceptively slick

Clare Finn asks: What is forgery without the forgers?

News
Fakes & copies

Backlash over claim that Egyptian geese were cooked up in 1800s

Museum director and former antiquities minister refute Italian archaeologist’s theory

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March 2015

Collector Frank Fertitta discovers his "Rothko" is a Knoedler fake after reading The Art Newspaper

He is now suing former employees of the gallery

Archive
Fakes & copies

Looting in the Middle East encourages fakes and forgeries

Modern art targeted as the originals go missing

Archive
Kazimir Malevich

"Ridiculous" case involving possible Malevich, Suetin, and Chashnik fakes continues

The lawsuit, dating back to 2009, is between Russian dealer Gary Tatintsian and Lev Nussberg, an artist, art historian and collector

Archive
Knoedler

Knoedler cases to investigate who should be blamed for neglecting to exercise due diligence

Court papers raise the question of who should have spotted fakes

Archive
Kazimir Malevich

Disputes in Russia concerning the authenticity of many works attributed to Malevich circulating the Russian art market

As a major Malevich show opens in London, claims grow that the avant-garde market is still plagued by the fakes

Archive
Fakes & copies

Spanish brothers implicated in sale of fakes to Knoedler & Co to be extradited

Spain have consented to sending José Carlos and Jesús Ángel Bergantiños back to the US where they can be charged

Archive
Fakes & copies

Painting due to be removed from museum wins reprieve after tests prove it is a genuine Old Master

Not fake, but ‘tarted up’

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News

‘Lost Raphael’ surfaces in Spain

The University of Granada says it has found an authentic copy of Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno

News
Exhibitions

More questions than answers after ‘miraculous’ Russian avant-garde show

Specialists express concern about lack of provenance for works by artists including Rodchenko and Goncharova in Italian exhibition

Archive
Forgeries

Fakes still on the market as Knoedler victims sue

New lawsuits filed after we publish list of those who bought forgeries—some of which have not been traced

Archive
Forgeries

Fake graffiti reach courts as forgeries on market increase

Man charged with selling works imitating US artist JonOne as genre’s popularity continues to grow

Archive
Knoedler

Names of buyers deceived by Knoedler Gallery fakes disclosed

The document details museums, art dealers and private collectors who have brought charges against the gallery and its disgraced director

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British Museum

British Museum expert says griffin returned to Iran is fake

Scepticism grows about confiscated silver vessel handed over by the US as an act of diplomacy

News
Knoedler

More victims of Abstract Expressionist fakes scandal revealed

In court documents, Knoedler lists the buyers and prices paid for works brought to the gallery by Glafira Rosales

News
Knoedler

New allegations in Knoedler fakes case examine gallerys finances

The gallery would have been operating at a major loss without the sale of works brought by Rosales, collectors say in amended complaints

Archive
Francis Bacon

Bacon estate says lover’s brother sold fakes

New details emerge in British courts about disputed drawings that first emerged in Italy

Archive
Knoedler

Who sued whom: A comprehensive timeline of the Knoedler lawsuits

How a forgery scandal brought about the downfall of New York's most prestigious gallery

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Fakes & copies

AbEx fakes scandal silences the experts, situation “already as bad as it can get” amid lawsuits

In a time of increased importance on authentication, specialists are holding back in the hope of avoiding the worst.

Archive
Fakes & copies

Why the fakes scandals at Knoedler and Beltracchi will not affect the market

Despite what one would initially believe

Archive
Fakes & copies

National Institute of Independent Expertise founded to root out fakes in Russian art market

The organisation, the brainchild of coin collector Vladimir Kazakov and The East European Auction house, aims to ensure that the provenance of a piece has been checked via an unbiased system

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Forgeries

Russian avant-garde forgery case spreads to Israel

After hundreds of works are seized in Germany, police swoop in Tel Aviv

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo copy undergoes restoration at Musée National de la Renaissance

A little-known copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper by Marco d’Oggiono will get a thorough clean

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Forgeries

Romero Britto and his dealers sued over forgeries

The artist is implicated in scheme, allegedly allowing fakes to circulate

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Forgeries

How the detection of titanium white gave away Beltracchi

The pigment proved Beltracchi's version was inauthentic, since it was not in use at the time that the original was painted

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Knoedler

Knoedler saga shows no sign of abating after last month's settlement as multiple suits remain unresolved

Several of the New York gallery's representatives have been indicted for engineering the sale of Abstract Expressionist forgeries

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Fakes & copies

Scholars absent from State Hermitage Museum conference with controversial Degas bronzes on the agenda

Experts have been silenced by fears of legal action if doubts regarding the sculptures' legitimacy are voiced

Archive
Art market

Was the Knoedler gallery warned about fakes?

The family of the artist Richard Diebenkorn says it alerted the gallery to fakes before they were sold

Archive
Fakes & copies

Beltracchi admits to faking the work of an estimated 50 artists in German interview

In 2011, he was given six years jail time for what was then understood to be a much smaller number of reproductions

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Lawsuits

Dealer Gary Tatintsian takes Lew Nussberg to court over fake Malevich drawings after scientific analysis

The case has proved to be colourful, with Tatintsian counter suing Nussberg for at least $62m

Archive
March 2012

Arrest in latest Prouvé fakes case

Three dealers say initial complaints were dismissed by Artcurial specialists

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Alberto Giacometti

Dealer uses intimidation tactics at Parisian Giacometti foundation in mission to recover forged lamps

Policy decrees that works determined to be fake must be handed over to the authorities so that they cannot re-enter the market

Archive
Fakes & copies

Police investigate allegedly fake photographs sold at Artcurial Deauville

The works were supposedly from the artist’s family and "rediscovered"

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Leonardo da Vinci

Earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado

Experts say the painting was completed at the same time as Leonardo’s original

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Park West Gallery

Park West sued again

They deny selling fake Dalí works

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Fakes & copies

Number of Beltracchi fakes keeps on rising

Fortunately for the German art forger, he has fled the country and therefore cannot be investigated

Archive
December 2011

True scale of alleged Beltracchi forgeries revealed

Major auction houses and galleries have been caught up in the fake art scam

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Fakes & copies

Pushkin accused of displaying a fake

Growing concerns over authenticity of Modigliani portrait on show in Moscow museum