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Tube of liquor hidden in prohibition-era boot, 1920s
The Diaphote, a television hoax, 1880
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Fake Fish Photos
Lord Gordon-Gordon, robber of the robber barons, 1871
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Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
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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Posted by Leon Vosters  in  Amsterdam, The Netherlands  on  Sat Oct 27, 2007  at  08:52 AM
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