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Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Eccentric's last prank, 66 years after his death, 1900
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
The Great New York Zoo Escape Hoax, 1874
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Fake Konrad Kujau Fakes
Status: Art Forgeries
Konrad Kujau was the forger responsible for creating the Hitler Diaries. After he served his prison sentence, he became something of a minor celebrity in Germany, and his "authentic fakes" of famous paintings became sought after in their own right by collectors. Kujau died in 2000, but now his great-niece, Petra, has been charged with selling hundreds of fakes of his fakes. The Times reports that:

Petra Kujau, 47, faces fraud charges for selling at least 500 fake Kujaus to clients worldwide through an internet auction site for more than €550,000 (£381,000). Some of the oil paintings, bought from art schools in Asia for as little as €10 apiece, fetched up to €3,500 because the Kujau signature inflated their value.

I wonder if these fake Kujau forgeries will now also become collector's items? I wouldn't mind having one to hang in my office, but only if I can get it for €10, not €3,500.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 24, 2006
Comments (2)
Well, Alex, if you're looking for a fake of a fake of one of Kujau's fake paintings, I think I can set you up with one.

Phoniness, but not quality, guaranteed.
Posted by Big Gary in Uncertain, Texas  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Mon Apr 24, 2006  at  06:27 PM
Very generous offer, Gary. You can start a new career as a forger, thrice removed.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Apr 24, 2006  at  10:12 PM
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