Knoedler fake trial begins

January 25 2016

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The much anticipated Knoedler fake trial begins today. In The Art Newspaper, Laura Gilbert has an excellent summary of the case so far, and what's at stake. The main case will revolved around this question: should the buyers of a fake work (in this case, a dodgy Rothko, above) have done more due diligence themselves, to find out if the picture offered was genuine, or should the gallery be expected to make sure the work was genuine first?

It seems extraordinary to me that the case has even come this far - surely a gallery must bear the responsibility, not the buyer. 

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