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Spotting Fine Art Fakes

Fine art fakes have cost buyers millions for centuries; following recent allegations of forgery in the art world, protecting art investments has never been so important.  Before the stunning Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi (c.1490) obliterated auction sale records in 2017 (with a staggering $450 million, for those that don’t already know), much controversy had erupted among experts and the media surrounding its authenticity. Critics asserted that the pose of the painting’s subject, Christ,...

French Art Museum Discovers More than Half of Its Paintings Are Fakes

A French art museum dedicated to Catalan artist Étienne Terrus—a close friend of Henri Matisse—has discovered over half of its collection of paintings are fakes. The museum, which is situated in the commune of Elne just outside Perpignan, had just undergone extensive renovation work and was due a grand reopening. But an art historian brought in to reorganise the museum following the recent acquisition of around 80 paintings, found that nearly 60 percent of the...

Fake Or Fortune?

Investment in art is a popular option for collectors. However, all the experts agree that seeking knowledgeable advice is the first important step to take. Frequently making the headlines are the stories of huge sums paid for fine art at the leading auction houses. Also frequently linked to this are the stories of the great financial gain made by the vendor. Less publicised but more common are the stories of major losses through lack of...

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