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Police to undertake fake art exhibition

fkOver 100 fake works valued at a few million pounds will go on public display all the items come from police-seized t forged art.

The works range from Barbara Hepworth sculptures to Lowry paintings and will make up an exhibition premiering at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The collection, which includes fakes of works by Banksy and Thomas Moran would be valued at around four million according to experts, if they were real.

The display is set up to look like the garden shed of Shaun Greenhalgh, who was captured in 2007 by police and jailed for a little over four years after police discovered his wide array of forged works outside in his Bolton cottage garden.

Among the fakes that Greenhalgh created was Roman silver tableware, Lowry pastels, Egyptian statues, and a supposedly ‘lost’ duck sculpture by Barbara Hepworth.

Forged work by Robert Thwaites and John Myatt will also be part of the exhibit.

The head of the Met’s art and antiques unit, Detective Sergeant Vernon Rapley, stated that art crime affects more than just the famous and rich, due to the fact most forgers focus on works that are less than £10,000, as they are not likely to be checked as thoroughly, and do not receive as much attention.

Rapley also stated that art fakery still remains a popular underground business.  He continued to say that the display will help show that art crime is not just a historical problem, because it will show that the crime occurs often and will help the public learn what to look out

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