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ATG Letter: Constant committee task to keep market clean

18 April 2017

MADAM – Having read your story about the reappearance on the market of boatswain whistles that had been pulled from sale in 2008 by the Antique Plate Committee (ATG No 2282), I would like to draw the attention of your readers to the work of this committee and the Hallmarking Act 1973.

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A lawyer writes: auctioneers need to mind the wording of their artist attributions or run risk of selling fakes

10 April 2017

Three articles recently published in ATG focused on the sale of a painting and in each case the key issue was authenticity. Here, lawyer Milton Silverman provides advice, including legal precedent, on how auctioneers can avoid disputes relating to authenticity as a result of misattribution.

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Bolton saleroom offer convicted faker’s ‘Lowry’ imitations

10 February 2017

Three paintings by Shaun Greenhalgh, the faker who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2007, are being offered at Bolton Auction Rooms later this month.

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Sotheby's and dealer Mark Weiss head to court in Old Master dispute over Frans Hals portrait

06 February 2017

Sotheby’s has begun legal action against dealer Mark Weiss over the sale of a Frans Hals painting that it now believes to be “undoubtedly a forgery”. However Weiss said he will "contest the claim vigorously".

Faker of Norman Cornish pictures sent to prison

04 February 2017

A man from Sunderland who forged the work of local artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) was jailed for three years and seven months last week.

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Dealer involved in $80m New York art forgery scandal sentenced

02 February 2017

A judge has ruled that the New York art dealer involved in the $80m forgery scandal that brought down the Knoedler gallery will not serve further prison time.

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Sotheby’s sues vendor of Italian Old Master as ‘fakes scandal’ reaches court

17 January 2017

Sotheby’s is taking legal action to recover its losses over the sale of a ‘fake’ Italian Old Master.

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Museum slams ‘Van Gogh sketchbook’

09 December 2016

The Van Gogh Museum has issued an extraordinary public rebuttal to the release of ‘Vincent van Gogh: The Lost Arles Sketchbook’, criticising the authors for their “excessively easy going attitude… towards questions of authenticity”.

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Sotheby’s buys scientific research firm Orion Analytical in fight against fakes

05 December 2016

Sotheby’s has bought scientific research specialist Orion Analytical to "help to make the art market a safer place".

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Debate intensifies over ‘Venus’ attribution to Cranach

04 November 2016

The Princely Collections of Liechtenstein has released a document to counter claims that 'Venus', a painting attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder, is a forgery.

Venus, a painting attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder

Princely buyer defends Cranach attribution over ‘fakes’ claim

20 October 2016

The buyer of a major Old Master painting at the centre of a potential ‘fakes’ scandal has strongly defended its authenticity as a row threatens to erupt over its attribution.

Market forced on defensive over Old Master ‘fakes’

10 October 2016

Lawyers representing the Frenchman Giulano Ruffini have defended his role in handling paintings at the centre of a ‘fakes scandal’ besetting the Old Masters market.

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Old Master market faces the “biggest art scandal in a century”

04 October 2016

A series of Old Master paintings has come under the spotlight as further details emerge about a potentially major fakes scandal.

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Old Master ‘fakes scandal’: the background

04 October 2016

Earlier this year, authorities in France seized a painting attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) which was being exhibited in the Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-en-Provence.

Leading Paris furniture dealers face exclusion from Biennale fair

23 June 2016

Kraemer Gallery and Didier Aaron & Cie, the two leading members of the Paris trade embroiled in a faking scandal, are expected to be excluded from the forthcoming Biennale des Antiquaires, a source close to the French trade has told ATG.

Top French furniture dealers respond to allegations of forgeries in Versailles

16 June 2016

Two barons of the Paris antiques trade have been questioned in connection with the so-called Affaire Jean Lupu, a growing scandal surrounding fakes.

Rothko forgery in $25m court case

08 February 2016

Expert witnesses were called to give evidence during legal proceedings between Domenico De Sole, chairman of Sotheby’s, and Ann Freedman, the former president of Knoedler gallery, over the sale of a fake Rothko painting.

Dealer detained on charge of selling forged works

08 February 2016

Michigan art dealer Eric Spoutz was arrested on February 3 on a federal charge of selling forged artworks.

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Damien Hirst ‘fakes’ flood the market

01 February 2016

Fake works purporting to be Damien Hirst studio paintings are circulating on the UK regional art and antiques market.

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Grosvenor Print forger sentenced

21 December 2015

A retired academic and art lecturer has been handed a six-month suspended sentence after admitting to forging a number of Grosvenor School linocut prints and attempting to pass them off as genuine through various auction houses.