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Princess Caraboo, servant girl who became a princess, 1817
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
Can a bar of soap between your sheets ease muscle cramps?
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Actress who claimed she was kidnapped by puritans, 1950
The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
Han van Meegeren Biography
image The Guardian has a review of a new biography of the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren. The biography, by Frank Wynne, is titled I Was Vermeer: The Legend of the Forger who Swindled the Nazis. Van Meegeren, who was driven to a career in forgery by anger at being ignored by the art establishment, ended up becoming fantastically wealthy from his career in deception, before his downfall:
Though he made a fortune from his forgeries, in the end owning some 15 country houses and 52 other properties, including hotels and nightclubs, his downfall came when he was arrested in 1945 for selling a Vermeer to Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering. When, finally, he admitted that the painting was, in fact, a forgery, the resulting court case turned into a media circus, a forum in which van Meegeren thrived. Here, at last, he got the revenge he thirsted for. As the judge said in his summing-up: 'The art world is reeling and experts are beginning to doubt the very basis of artistic attribution. This was precisely what the defendant was trying to achieve.'
I believe that an authentic van Meegeren fake is now worth a huge amount of money. There's actually a lot of demand for authentic fakes by well-known forgers (i.e. fakes that have a history of actually having fooled people). This, of course, has inspired a second-tier of forgers to create fake fakes.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Sat Aug 05, 2006
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Take a look at my website;
http://geocities.com/hanvanmeegerencollectie
Feel free to contact me if you ever visit Amsterdam
Posted by Leon Vosters  in  Amsterdam, The Netherlands  on  Sat Oct 27, 2007  at  07:52 AM
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