Saturday, 23 January 2010

Art Forgeries

The Victoria And Albert Museum in London opened an unusual exhibition today: The Metropolitan Police Service's Investigation of Fakes and Forgeries. One of the exhibits is The Amarna Princess by master forger Shaun Greenhalgh, now serving a jail sentence for his crimes. He created The Amarna Princess in his garden shed in Bolton in 2003 and sold it to a gullible curator for £440,000. The police collared him in 2006. I'm surprised he didn't try selling his garden shed to Tate Modern. The exhibition showcases some of the methods used by police in detecting fakes and apprehending the villains. Find it in Rooms 17a and 18a until 7 February 2010, admission free.


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