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Adventures with Van Gogh

Nine Van Gogh 'fakes' that have emerged as the real thing

The Oslo self-portrait and other paintings have been authenticated by the artist’s museum

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Blockchain

Artory partners with the Winston Art Group appraisal firm to offer free vetting services

The partnership is the latest collaboration undertaken by the growing blockchain-based art registry to increase “transparency” in the art market

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Art market

Court case over 'modern forgery' Frans Hals concludes but judgment reserved until summer

Sotheby's James Martin stands by his assertion that the painting is a fake following hours of interrogation challenging the independence of his scientific analysis

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Fake no more: poppy painting in US museum is by Van Gogh—and has a surprise under the surface

Still life at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, is authenticated after decades hidden in storage

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Obituaries

Matisse expert and archivist Wanda de Guebriant has died, aged 69

The only authorised authenticator of the artist’s work started her 40-year career as an assistant to Matisse’s daughter, Marguerite Duthuit

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Adventures with Van Gogh

San Francisco’s Van Gogh is the real deal

The still life of fruit and chestnuts, until recently dismissed as a fake, was painted in Paris

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Art market

Art authentication is not an exact science

The process of art attribution has come under attack, with forgery scandals rampant

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Fakes & copies

Museum of the Bible says that five of its Dead Sea Scroll fragments are apparently fakes

Tests by German institute show "characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin"

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Law

Top experts dispute Italian police claims about seized ‘antiquities’

“I cannot imagine where a terracotta life-size horse head could come from in antiquity,” a specialist says

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Art Dubai 2018

Race to write Modern art history in the Middle East

Market for 20th-century works from the region will benefit from new technologies and deeper scholarship

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Dalí discovery goes on show in New York

The painting was authenticated by Dalí expert Nicolas Descharnes

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Art market

Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works

But when does protecting a creative legacy go too far?

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Authentication

When it comes to understanding authenticity, listen to the dealers and the market—not the academics

Display of works purportedly by Russian avant-garde artists fails to meet three key criteria

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Vincent Van Gogh

New Vincent van Gogh drawing discovered

Unearthing of Montmartre sketch leads to authentication of second work

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Amedeo Modigliani

Twenty Modiglianis seized by police in Genoa are fake, expert confirms

Works were exhibited at Palazzo Ducale in July when they were confiscated by the authorities

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Art market

Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

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Exhibitions

Tate Modern takes special precautions to make sure its Modiglianis are real in market bedevilled by fakes

New exhibition will look at artist’s early sculpture and include nude from show once shut down for indecency

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Sculpture

Long-lost Rodin sculpture turns up in New Jersey town hall

The bust of Napoleon Bonaparte has been authenticated and is due to go on loan to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Art fairs

PAD Paris loses its vetting committee after opening of 20th anniversary edition this week

The organisation commissioned to examine the works offered at the fair dropped out citing a lack of professionalism and “disrespect” of the experts’ mission

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Law

Lawsuit over Cady Noland’s Log Cabin dismissed

But the question remains if the work can still be considered authentic, after the artist allegedly disavowed it

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Art market

Sotheby’s buys Orion Analytical lab in fight against art fraud

As forgery cases pile up, auction house is also setting up a scientific research department

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Art market

Mayor Gallery sues over Agnes Martin

Catalogues raisonnés emerge as the latest front in the battle to authenticate works and secure market value

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Seven 'red flags' in the Knoedler trial that should give dealers and sellers sleepless nights

Judge's findings reveal what to look out for in art transactions

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Law

London’s Mayor Gallery files lawsuit against Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné

Authentication committee rejected 13 works owned by gallery clients, effectively rendering them “worthless”, according to court papers

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Scholarly debate will be stifled after Knoedler

Abstract Expressionism experts forced to watch what they write and say

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Can polar bear hair authenticate contested Pollock painting?

Estate of Jackson Pollock’s mistress builds new case around forensic analysis

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Art market

Experts question the authenticity of a group of works by Jackson Pollock

Tests suggests pigment used in some of the paintings not commercially available before artist’s death in 1956

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Fakes & copies

Works of art to be tagged with DNA in bid to fight forgeries

Eric Fischl among the artists to support authentication system launched in London this week

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Art market

Heirs of Brazil’s leading artist at war over estate

The Lygia Clark foundation has temporarily stopped authenticating works by the artist

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Fakes & copies

Backlash over claim that Egyptian geese were cooked up in 1800s

Museum director and former antiquities minister refute Italian archaeologist’s theory

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Law

How to get on with artists, handle mergers and avoid lawsuits

Legal conference tackles issues facing US museums, from commissioning work to developing diversity

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Unesco warns of fraud as unsanctioned authentication documents circulate

The warning states that certificates of authentication allowing imports of African cultural heritage are being forged

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‘Lost Raphael’ surfaces in Spain

The University of Granada says it has found an authentic copy of Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno

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Letters

Where are the 35 “fake” Warhols later reassessed as authentic?

Richard Dorment, Chief art critic at The Daily Telegraph, discusses the works

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Fakes & copies

AbEx fakes scandal silences the experts, situation “already as bad as it can get” amid lawsuits

In a time of increased importance on authentication, specialists are holding back in the hope of avoiding the worst.

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Fakes & copies

National Institute of Independent Expertise founded to root out fakes in Russian art market

The organisation, the brainchild of coin collector Vladimir Kazakov and The East European Auction house, aims to ensure that the provenance of a piece has been checked via an unbiased system

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Lawsuit raises questions about Warhol authentication process

Foundation’s sales agent also worked for authentication board; president rejects claim decisions may have been made for financial gain

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Dallas Museum of Art

What now for the £45 Da Vinci: Salvator Mundi is still up for grabs as Dallas fails to buy

Dallas museum could not raise $100m to buy the authenticated Leonardo, until recently believed to be a mediocre copy

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Authentication

Not a Bacon, expert tells court: The debate around Bacon's drawings continues

The chairman of the artist’s catalogue raisonné committee dismisses controversial drawings as “pastiches” in UK bankruptcy hearing

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Museums

Raphaels discovered in Haarlem Teylers Museum

The head curator recently reattributed the works to the artist

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Fakes & copies

Scholars absent from State Hermitage Museum conference with controversial Degas bronzes on the agenda

Experts have been silenced by fears of legal action if doubts regarding the sculptures' legitimacy are voiced

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Malta

Polish-born collector Zdzislaw Bieganski to found museum in Malta

Works include Picasso and Van Gogh, but many are yet to be authenticated

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Catalogues raisonnés

Modigliani catalogue raisonné still years away

Competing claims and potential conflicts of interests delay publication, originally scheduled for 2006

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Authentication

2009 Calder case: A court of law is no place to authenticate art

The case set a legal precedent about the legal duty of authenticating bodies

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Francis Bacon

Controversial Bacon drawings displayed in London

The works were set to be displayed at a now cancelled authentication debate

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Alberto Giacometti

Dealer uses intimidation tactics at Parisian Giacometti foundation in mission to recover forged lamps

Policy decrees that works determined to be fake must be handed over to the authorities so that they cannot re-enter the market

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Park West Gallery

Park West sued again

They deny selling fake Dalí works

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Francis Bacon

Courtauld's Bacon debate on disputed drawings axed

Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino's collection of drawings has been a hot topic in the art world

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The problem with authenticating Warhol

While some fear the negative effects of the closure of the vetting board, others say its role was not essential

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Fakes & copies

Pushkin accused of displaying a fake

Growing concerns over authenticity of Modigliani portrait on show in Moscow museum

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Warhol board bites the dust

Few will mourn its demise

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Case against Warhol Foundation withdrawn

Joe Simon-Whelan spent three years trying to prove authenticity of a painting depicting the artist himself

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Art market

Joe Simon-Whelan's Warhol authenticity claim over

Simon-Whelan says he lacks the financial resources to pursue his case

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Warhol Brillo boxes downgraded to “copies”

Authentication board says famous museum director “falsified” their history

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Subpoenas for Warhol Authentication Board trial

Gagosian among four called to court

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Calder Foundation

Courts cannot dictate authentication board’s decisions, case concerning Calder works finds

Judge says he does not have power over Calder Foundation

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New evidence uncovered in Warhol Foundation lawsuit

Collector says a signed work from the same series confirms his work is genuine

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Authentication

Gallery raid sparks panic over supposed fakes of late artist d’Arcy Doyle

Artist’s widow in marathon authentication exercise

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Jörg Immendorff

Immendorff: copies, fakes or authorised reproductions?

Michael Werner, his dealer for 30 years, says “everything was out of control” before the artist died

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Artist John Chamberlain can be sued over disputed Warhol, says Judge

Former Factory assistant claims he made the disputed work

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Authentication

Authentication committee refused to give an opinion on my Basquiat, says collector

Complaint says work could lose $3m in value as a result

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Robert Rauschenberg

Rauschenberg gallery to continue lawsuit after artist’s death

Case seeks to punish defendant for selling works found in trash

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Art market

Warhol board faces threat of class action

Movie producer Joe Simon-Whelan sues, believing his work is genuine

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Art market

“Fake” Picasso is warning to make deals formal

Court to rule on payment “held in trust”

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Art market

Trial Warhol prints may be authenticated in alleged policy adjustment for Authentication Board

A source close to the Andy Warhol Authentication Board hints at a change of heart

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Art market

Warhol Brillo boxes could be fake

Allegations circulate that curator Pontus Hultén created unauthorised replicas

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Authentication

The Russian Culture Ministry has ruled that museums can no longer authenticate works of art for dealers and commercial galleries.

Culture ministry responds to fakes certified by leading institutions

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Art market

New documentary challenging the gatekeepers of Warhol’s legacy

Alan Yentob shines a revealing light on the secretive world of the Warhol Authentication Board

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Capa relative claims war photos held by the French government

The works depict the 1930s Spanish Civil War

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Art market

Art historians appointed to the Warhol Authentication Board to help judge attributions

The Warhol Foundation adds curatorial experts to attempt to ease the controversy surrounding its authentication board

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Andy Warhol Authentication Board changes disclosure policy

The panel has agreed to reveal, on a case-by-case basis, why it rejects works, but the process is still far from transparent

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Provenance research

1933-1948—the dangerous years: how Sotheby's check art for tainted provenance

A Sotheby’s lawyer describes the work of its provenance research team

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Authentication

Authentication issues: "Trust me, this is a fake"

A lawyer suggests that the decisions of expert committees should not be beyond the reach of the law

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Art Basel

Art Basel yields inconsistent profits for dealers as the cult of the new proves more potent than ever

Art Basel '04 fair report

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Andy Warhol Authentication Board rejects claims of impropriety concerting Ekstract silk screens

The board acknowledges that the artist “employed assistants”, but says that he “carefully supervised them”