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Fake or Fortune?

Fake or Fortune? is a BBC TV show presented by art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce. It first airing in 2011.

The idea of the programme is to investigate paintings and objects as to whether they may be important undiscovered works.


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Viewers of BBC show Fake or Fortune? wait a year to discover Giacometti sculpture knocked over by a cat is the real thing at £500,000

22 August 2019

The verification of a Giacometti sculpture once knocked over by a cat was delayed by months leaving viewers of BBC art show ‘Fake or Fortune?’ waiting a year to find out if it was worth £500,000.

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Truth behind mystery Venetian view investigated by Fake or Fortune? revealed by art dealer Charles Beddington

15 August 2019

A painting thought to be by well-known Venetian painters Francesco Guardi (1712-93) or Michele Marieschi (1710-43) has emerged as an English copy, worth a fraction of its supposed value.

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Fake or Fortune? investigation reveals possible Giorgio de Chirico painting is “worthless”

08 August 2019

A painting thought to be by Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) has been rejected by experts after an investigation by art dealer Philip Mould, Fiona Bruce and the Fake or Fortune? team.

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ATG letter: The great Gainsborough mystery

05 August 2019

MADAM – The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returned to TV screens last month with a Thomas Gainsborough mystery. I watched with great interest, and a degree of trepidation.

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Lost portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence discovered by dealer Philip Mould in latest episode of Fake or Fortune?

01 August 2019

A lost portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) has been uncovered in the latest episode of the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’.

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Fake or Fortune? art sleuths investigate whether Sir Thomas Lawrence or Maria Cosway painted mystery portrait

01 August 2019

Art programme Fake or Fortune? is returning tonight (August 1) for the second episode of its eighth series with a mystery portrait that art dealer Philip Mould believes could be by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).

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Fake or Fortune? Gainsborough mystery revealed as Philip Mould’s TV show returns to screens

26 July 2019

Art programme ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to TV screens last night for its eighth series with a mystery surrounding a possible Thomas Gainsborough painting.

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Fake or Fortune? to return to TV screens this year for eighth series with art sleuths Philip Mould and Fiona Bruce

21 March 2019

Filming is underway for the latest episodes of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' which is scheduled to return to TV screens later this year.

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Hosts of BBC’s Fake or Fortune? left ‘genuinely shocked’ as supposed William Nicholson painting is dismissed by expert

13 August 2018

Art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce of BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ returned to screens last night, arguing that a still-life painting was the work of Modern British artist William Nicholson (1872-1949).

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Fake or Fortune? series returns to screens with Henry Moore, Toulouse-Lautrec and Alberto Giacometti in focus

07 August 2018

The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returns to our screens with the seventh series on Sunday.

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Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould reunited to film latest series of art show Fake or Fortune

06 February 2018

BBC TV presenter Fiona Bruce and art dealer Philip Mould are back together in the Pall Mall gallery to film part of the latest series of Fake or Fortune?

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Gauguin sketch dismissed as a fake is valued at £200,000 after 'Fake or Fortune?' investigation

11 September 2017

The BBC's 'Fake or Fortune?' team uncovered the story behind two pictures possibly by Paul Gauguin during last night’s programme.

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BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ team discover lost work by Australian artist Tom Roberts

04 September 2017

An early painting by UK-born Australian artist Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), was authenticated on the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ after being lost for more than 130 years.

ATG letter: Fake or Fortune? - I love the twists and turns

28 August 2017

MADAM – I read with dismay your correspondent’s letter criticising ATG’s coverage of the latest series of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' programme.

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BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' uncovers £2m Constable sketch after it “slipped through the fingers” of dealer Philip Mould

20 August 2017

A painting that dealer Philip Mould twice bought and sold more than 15 years ago has been attributed to John Constable in the first episode in the new series of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?'.

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Behind the scenes at Fake or Fortune?

14 August 2017

The BBC’s hit series Fake or Fortune? returns to our screens on Sunday August 20. ATG's Laura Chesters went behind the scenes for insight into the making of the show and to ask why the trade should tune in.

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Fake or Fortune? presenters ‘in dispute’ over new BBC show

06 December 2016

A media report of a spat between two of television’s best known art detectives – dealers Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor – has not been denied by the dealers when contacted by ATG.