Fakes and forgeries

Fakes and forgeries claim must not go unchallenged

23 September 2013

COMMENT: Damaging claims like this should be beyond question in their robustness, or they are just irresponsible, says Ivan Macquisten

ABA bid to trace serial forger’s work

05 November 2012

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is taking the fight to forgers after one of its members was instrumental in bringing serial forger Allan Formhals to justice.

Chinese art market concerns raise question of regulation

05 November 2012

The Chinese government is considering regulation of the country’s burgeoning but problematic art market.

International recognition for Cranfield fakes project

08 May 2012

An international award scheme set up two years ago has honoured Cranfield University’s programme of research into art market fakes and forgeries.


Prolific forger Mumford jailed for two years after massive fraud

08 May 2012

One of the UK’s most prolific and accomplished art fraudsters has been jailed for two years after admitting he created up to 1000 forgeries.

How the industry went online to beat robbers and fraudsters

21 November 2011

TWO years since it launched, the jewellery trade’s anti-crime alert network, SaferGems, has been helping to forge stronger links between the UK’s 43 different police forces.


Lay aids in trapping faker

25 October 2011

DETECTIVE work by a Cornish auctioneer has led to a jail sentence for a 40-year-old former art teacher who defrauded galleries and members of the public by selling fakes.

Multi-million pound fakes trial starts in Germany

12 September 2011

FOUR people have gone on trial in Germany on charges linked to a multi-million pound art fraud exposed as a result of scientific testing on paint.

Bonhams announce partnership with Cranfield University to help identify fakes

23 May 2011

BONHAMS are to work with Cranfield University in Bedfordshire with the aim of making new technological advancements for authenticating porcelain more accessible for use in the art market.

Police make arrest in fake Churchill investigation

14 February 2011

OFFICERS from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Art and Antiques Unit have arrested a man in connection with the sale of fake Churchill memorabilia.


Neptune buy back fake Lowry

15 November 2010

YOU’D have thought he’d be glad to see the back of it. But duped art dealer David Smith of Neptune Fine Art has bought back the fake Lowry picture he originally purchased for £330,000.

Three arrested in German multi-million forgery case

25 October 2010

THREE people have been arrested in Germany in connection with a multi-million pound art fraud involving a number of apparently major 20th century oils sold on the international market in recent years.

Ashley-Russell centre stage at seminar

04 October 2010

THE Ashley-Russell case will be the focus of the next Fakes and Forgeries seminar at Goldsmiths' Hall in London on November 22.


Chinese up the stakes in war against fakes

20 September 2010

EXPERIMENTAL technology designed to determine the age of ceramics by scientific means is now being put to use at the heart of the Chinese works of art trade.


Buyers tackle fakes after eBay fail to act on complaints

13 April 2010

EBAY buyers have taken matters into their own hands after the online giant failed to act against sales of fakes, despite being alerted to the problem on numerous occasions.

Fake Olympic medals appearing on eBay

18 January 2010

SPECIALIST dealers believe fake medals from the XXIXth Olympiad in Beijing are appearing for sale on eBay.

New scientific technique for spotting fakes using ‘visual signature’

18 January 2010

SCIENTISTS in the United States have unveiled a ground-breaking piece of technology to identify fake pictures.

V&A to stage fakes show

22 December 2009

THE V&A is to put on an exhibition of fakes curated by the Metropolitan Police Service's Art and Antiques Unit.

Tide turns against eBay over fakes

28 September 2009

ON September 17, eBay delivered a petition to the European parliament demanding a law change to stop luxury brands controlling where their goods are sold.


Fake repeating clocks emerge on eBay

01 September 2009

A NEW crop of fake carriage clocks, believed to be made in China, has appeared on eBay.