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Incompetent art forgers try to sell “Warhol” portrait of non-existent Baldwin brother
From the Salt Lake Tribune:

According to charging documents, the couple agreed to sell another man six Andy Warhol art pieces for $100,000 in February 2008. The man was told that the subject of the art was Mathew Baldwin, purportedly one of the brothers in the family of actors. The pieces were signed and dated 1996.
After giving the couple a down payment of $25,000, the man took the art to an appraiser in California. The appraiser informed the man the art was fake because there was no Mathew in the famous Baldwin family. He also pointed out that the signatures were forged because Warhol died in 1987, charging documents state.

The fact that the buyer didn't bother to check if there really was such a person as "Mathew Baldwin" before forking over $25,000 to the couple makes him almost dumber than they are.
Categories: Art
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 19, 2009
Comments (6)
It's too bad the Tribune story doesn't give the buyer's name and address. I have a 2002 Rembrandt I know he'd be interested in.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Wimberly, Texas  on  Thu Nov 19, 2009  at  11:15 AM
Actually, I could have fallen for the extra brother but you are right, what gave it away for me was the fact that the painting was from 1996....Anyway maybe this story could be false, notice no names are given for any of the people involved.
Posted by mario  in  new joysey  on  Thu Nov 19, 2009  at  10:23 PM
In my mind, we are ALL Baldwin brothers.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Nov 22, 2009  at  04:37 AM
let's face it, there are that many Baldwin brothers it's pretty hard to keep track. That's why their mother's euphemistically named cancer charity made such growth in such a short time . . . they all chipped in $5 and it reached $10 million from them alone.
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Fri Nov 27, 2009  at  10:30 PM
Famous Baldwin family? Isn't that like saying talented Arquette family?
Posted by Dave  on  Sat Jan 16, 2010  at  06:31 PM
True, Dave. Almost like saying happy and healthy Kennedy family . . . :D
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Sat Jan 16, 2010  at  07:07 PM
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