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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Police fake an exhibition of masterpieces at the V&A

The Times November 23, 2006


Police fake an exhibition of masterpieces at the V&A

Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent

Forgeries market worth up to £200m
Works traded for drugs and firearms


A painting in the style of John Anster Fitzgerald at the show

On one wall hangs a Picasso, on another a Lowry and, down the corridor, a Giacometti. Together, the masterpieces at the Victoria and Albert Museum would be worth millions . . . if they were genuine. But everything here is a fake. Each exhibit was created to dupe the experts. Forged art and antiques are so abundant on the international market that police seized enough to mount a V&A exhibition.

The Investigation of Fakes and Forgeries has been curated by the arts and antiques unit of the Metropolitan Police.

Full story:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2466648,00.html