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This type of crime, it seems, can pay. With little disincentive, in terms of harsh sentences and public condemnation, even if you are caught, and with a measure of personal revenge successful only if you are caught, it stands to reason that some forgers would not mind going public, while others, even if at a subconscious level, might actually wish to be found out. Many have intentionally come forward. Michelangelo allowed his biographer to tell the story of his teenage career as a forger of “ancient Roman” statues, which sold for much more than his originals would, before he had made a name for himself by sculpting his Pieta.
23. See §§ 153, 153 a, 154, 154 a, 170 II of the German Code of Criminal Procedure (Strafprozeβordnung). 24. Nicolette Feiler-Thull, “Gewiefte Fälscherbande – Prozess um Kunst-Skandal in Köln” 3Sat Kulturzeit (12 September 2011). 25. Gisela Friedrichsen, “Eulenspiegen oder Künstler” Der Spiegel (2011) 43, 148, 149. 26. Claudia Herstatt and Angelika Kindermann, “Etikettenschindel” Art – Das Kunstmagazin 12 September 2011. 27. Michael Kohler, “Sammlung Jägers” Art – Das Kunstmagazin 28 September 2011.
Unless the forgery is revealed as such then, for all intents and purposes, to the world at large, the work in question is authentic. It is only when the forger is caught and speaks out about their fraudulent oeuvre that the experts are shown to have erred, and the forger is praised publically for his talent. The media loves art forgers, seeing them as congenial, quirky pranksters, more than criminals. To be fair, many are, and they are certainly less damnable than art thieves and antiquities looters, with their links to organized crime and even terrorism.
Art Crime: Terrorists, Tomb Raiders, Forgers and Thieves by Noah Charney