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.