Those German forgers - who they fooled

October 31 2011

The forgery gang recently convicted in Germany (led by Wolfgang Beltracchi) are thought to have been responsible for up to EUR34 million of fake art. Perhaps more impressive is the list of those who were in some way fooled by their rubbish fakes:

  • Lempertz Auction House, Cologne
  • Drooner Institut, Munich
  • Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris
  • Christie's, New York
  • Max Ernst Museum, Bruhl
  • Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris
  • Sotheby's, New York
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Artinfo has a good roundup of the case here - including the suggestion that there may be some still unaccounted for fakes out there...

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