US pastor Kevin Sutherland of the Miami Church in Florida has been jailed for six months for having tried to sell fake Damien Hirst works to an undercover detective. He tried to sell this spin painting
to Sotherby's, but the auction house told him it could be a fake. Hirst's studio in London, Science Ltd, confirmed the work was a forgery. Sotheby's informed New York police. A detective emailed Sutherland and asked whether he had any Hirst artworks for sale. Yes! Five all told. The detective arrested Sutherland when they met to do a deal on the fakes, for which Sutherland wanted $185,000 (£109,844). The assistant DA said "This crime was motivated by greed" (CLICK
). And the moral of this tale? Never buy any Hirst tripe from a US pastor.