October 5 2016

Image of Apologies...

Picture: Sotheby's/ATG/Weiss Gallery

Sorry for the lack of action yesterday. I was in London. Big news broke last night, which will keep me tied up for some time today - Sotheby's confirmed to the Antiques Trade Gazette that the Hals linked to the fakes scandal (above, and see AHN passim) is definitely a forgery. This is the first proof we've had that there's a master faker on the loose. In my opinion, the best ever. I'll be writing more about this soon in the Financial Times. It's hard to over-estimate the repercussions of this news.

In the meantime, tonight sees the second episode of Britain's Lost Masterpieces at 9pm on BBC4. Do join us if you can.

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