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Sotheby’s wins court case over a disputed €10m ‘Frans Hals’ painting

11 December 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has won its case against the former business partner of Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss over a Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting that Sotheby’s now deems is a fake.

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Sotheby’s and Old Master dealer reach out of court settlement over disputed Frans Hals painting

02 April 2019

Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss has agreed an out-of-court settlement with Sotheby’s in the case of a $10m painting the auction house believed to be a forgery.

Rare whisky testing

Third of rare Scotch vintage whisky tested found to be fake

20 December 2018

A sample of vintage bottles of Scotch whisky tested in a Scottish laboratory has been found to be fake.

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Asian Art in London to overhaul awards after authenticity of 'best object' winner questioned

19 November 2018

The organisers of Asian Art in London are to abandon the event’s ‘best objects’ award after doubt was cast on the authenticity of one of this year’s winners. The Danish auctioneer which won the award however is standing by the Yuan attribution for the flask after conducting a scientific test.

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Minister promises 'balance' in the application of ivory regulations

04 September 2018

The UK government will ensure that ivory regulations are balanced and with "appropriate exemptions", the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism told an art market conference this week.

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Appliance of science: New hallmarks scheme for contemporary bronzes launched to fight fakes

16 April 2018

To address the increasing number of fakes, The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) has launched a new digital ‘hallmark’ for editioned bronzes.

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Core allegations dropped in Russian ‘fakes’ case

19 March 2018

An investigation in Germany into an Israeli art dealer, charged with being the ringleader of an international fraud ring, has concluded after the two central allegations against him were dropped.

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Assay Office crackdown on illegal silver

05 February 2018

The London Assay Office (LAO) is to launch a crackdown on what it says is a rise in illegal antique silver being offered for sale.

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Art dealer and curator investigated over Modigliani paintings deemed fakes

12 January 2018

An art dealer is among those under investigation over a collection of Amadeo Modigliani paintings which have been denounced as fakes.

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Fakes vex us more than Brexit say readers

02 January 2018

Buyer’s premium and a proliferation of fakes in the art and antiques world are the biggest concerns for the trade, ahead of Brexit issues or regulation, according to the latest ATG reader survey.

Heritage Auctions

Concerns over authenticity cause withdrawal of ‘world’s oldest Nobel Prize medal’ from New York auction

21 December 2017

Heritage Auctions has withdrawn from sale ‘the world’s oldest Nobel Prize medal ever offered at auction’ after doubts were expressed over its authenticity.

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Christie’s pulls Waldseemüller gores ‘pending further research’ over date

18 December 2017

A ‘rediscovered’ fifth copy of Martin Waldseemüller’s globe gores from c.1507 was withdrawn from sale last week after a group of academics and dealers in the US expressed doubts over its authenticity.

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Christie’s withdraws ‘first map’ of America after experts suggest it may be fake

12 December 2017

At the eleventh hour, Christie’s has taken the decision to withdraw the headline lot from the December 13 Books and Manuscripts sale in London after serious doubts were expressed over its authenticity.

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Duke’s reviews due diligence over Wallis fakes

06 November 2017

Dorchester auctioneer Duke’s said it has changed its due diligence procedures after advertising fake works it claimed were by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942).

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Auction house Duke’s fined for offering fake Alfred Wallis works

01 November 2017

Dorchester auction firm Duke’s has been ordered to pay £18,275 after advertising fake works it claimed were by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis (1855-1942).

Patera

West London antiques cheat pleads guilty to attempts to defraud auction houses

13 September 2017

A Poundland notebook helped convict a fraudster attempting to sell fake antiques through auction houses in London and Essex.

Newcastle Crown Court

Pitman painter faker who made £30,000 forging Norman Cornish ordered to pay back just £1

23 August 2017

A man from Sunderland who forged the work of local artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) has been ordered to repay £1.

Manhattan Court

Knoedler art fraudster Glafira Rosales ordered to pay $81m to victims

13 July 2017

Glafira Rosales, the Long Island art dealer who in 2013 pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion in the Knoedler art forgery case, has been ordered to pay $81m to victims of the fraud.

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Three men charged in New York over fake Damien Hirst artworks sold to a “multitude of buyers” on eBay

26 June 2017

Three men have been charged in a New York court in connection with a $400,000 scam to sell fake artworks by Damien Hirst.

Then & now: the Ashley-Russell fakes saga

22 May 2017

News as reported from the ATG Archive...