No one can guarantee 100 percent authenticity of any art object today. Sotheby’s Auction House gives a two-year warranty on the authenticity of a work of art. Often the quality of performance of fakes exceeds the level of expertise.

However, in addition to fakes, people often associate auctions with tax fraud and economic offenses. For example, the case of trials between Rybolovlev and Bouvier (which lasts until now).

Sunflowers 4. Vincent van Gogh.

The painting of the famous Dutchman “Sunflowers”, sold for almost $40 million at Christie’s auction, turned out to be a fake according to the results of examination of Italian art critics. In their conclusions, the experts relied on the correspondence of Van Gogh with Gauguin and other acquaintances. The fact is that in the period from 1888 to 1989, Van Gogh created several versions of this painting (according to recent data – 10). After a thorough study of letters, scientists have come to the conclusion that it is not among the paintings of this version of “Sunflowers”.

Gauguin several times wrote to Van Gogh that he really liked his “Sunflowers” and that he would like to contemplate them in his studio. After a while, he persuaded the master to give him for a time one of the paintings allegedly to enjoy the color range of the work. Soon the painting was returned to the author. A year after Van Gogh’s death, “surfaced” another version of his “Sunflowers”, before that no one knows. At that moment the painting was at Claude-Emile Schaffenecker, a friend of Gauguin. If we take into account that Schaffenecker, as it turned out later, sold fake paintings of the great artist, then an interesting situation emerges. Experts suggested that the version of “Sunflowers” they studied made from the original Gauguin.

It is worth noting that in fact the owners of “Sunflowers”, whose brushes did not belong to the painting, almost nothing was lost, because the works of Paul Gauguin are not much less …

A vase of flowers. Lilac. Paul Gauguin

The grand scandal in the art world that led to the arrest of New York gallery owners broke out in May 2000 when Sotheby and Christie’s auction houses published their spring catalogues of contemporary art for sale. Unexpectedly, it turned out that both houses offer potential buyers the same painting – “Vase with flowers” Paul Gauguin.

Each house was confident that the original was being put up, as all the accompanying documents for these paintings from people who wanted to sell the work of Gauguin at auction, were in full order. Both paintings were immediately taken to Paris for examination to the best connoisseur of the works of Gauguin Sylvia Crusader. She compared the two “Vases with flowers” and immediately noted that the painting proposed at Christie’s auction, is a fake.

“But this is the best fake that I have seen in my life” – said Crusader to saddened representatives of Christie, who immediately withdrew from the press spring catalog and reported the bad news to the owners of the found a fake canvas. The owners of Tokyo’s Muse Gallery were simply shocked.

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