Global market for forged and stolen artworks is thriving and underpoliced

By Clive Williams
Updated April 24 2018 - 9:26pm, first published September 21 2017 - 5:02pm

I recently attended a seminar on art fraud where a notorious British art forger was among the presenters. Forgery and fraud are particularly prevalent in the international art and antiquities markets. To a large extent, dealers, galleries and auction houses are self-regulating and, given the high prices fetched by some items, subject to far less oversight than they should be. It is very much a case of buyer beware.

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