Since the fall of art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi you're used to a lot, but such a massive deployment of police against art forger now as it has not yet given: For operations that took place the day before yesterday and yesterday in several German cities, searched over a hundred officials of the Federal total eight apartments, warehouses, offices and galleries in Wiesbaden, Mainz, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne. Simultaneously searches have been held in Israel and Switzerland. In Wiesbaden, two people were arrested at the age of sixty-seven and forty-one years. There is a German-Tunisian and an Israeli, the Federal shared in an interview with this newspaper.
Other suspects are from Russia. They are accused of being members of an international counterfeiting ring that for years the Russian avant-garde painting – allegedly sold mainly to private collectors – including works by Natalia Goncharova, Malevich, Kandinsky, Jawlensky and Larionov. The work should have been traded mainly on the occasion of gallery exhibitions, but also in auctions. We are talking about a total of four hundred pirated works that were sold for four-to seven-figure sums. But the now arrested are said to have sold in the past two years, fake paintings worth more than two million euros to German and Spanish dealers and collectors.
While you walk with a sharpened view of fairs and museums. It is in the MusÃ©e Marmottan in the beautiful exhibition of works by Marie Laurencin and amazed at the portrait of a man who refuses to hippiesk elegant with an unusually wide for the 1913 aufstehendem shirt on the wall, that is, if it is not officially Nils von Dardel figured could keep smooth for the self-portrait of the young Wolfgang Beltracchi who had the work of Marie Laurencin already gives some very nice posthumous additions. In addition to the portrait Dardel a sign stating the provenance of the work as formerly "Alfred Flechtheim Gallery, Berlin-Dusseldorf" hangs. Request at the Museum: Whether you knew more about the history of the image? No answer. Elsewhere: no interest. Omerta in the art world.
But then did behind the scenes of the art market but good stuff: the end of May this year, living in New York art dealer Glafira Rosales was arrested, they should total sixty-three fake paintings among others, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Basquiat over two galleries – including the former have brought the art market and more than twelve million dollars in the past on Spanish tax accounts – venerable Knoedler Gallery in New York, which had to close because of the Fall.
Her partner is from Spain and has been involved decades ago in processes of art forgeries, which took place only an hour's drive from the residence of the Beltracchis in southern France. A connection between the two cases was not accepted, although the American investigators were amazed at the coincidence that at the same time two gifted forger using the same method – so you tell renowned experts a brilliant story of a relative who hoarded important works of art in secret and creates the Legend of an Unknown Master Collection – funneling their fakes into the heart of the market and this also planned in the same region on the Mediterranean. There are coincidences.
Experts, according to the investigators from this newspaper in the game, as the now arrested counterfeiter wanted to get their works market credibility. A Malevich you will not just price with the internet, you need certificates, appraisals. This can of course also sell the fake and counterfeit work together with the forged documents to a bona fide collector in Australia. But the events in the new case did not proceed apparently.
Notes that triggered the investigation, apparently came from Israel and Switzerland, there are according to statements from the Federal renowned galleries, dealers and experts involved, names are not mentioned because of ongoing investigations. On the edge of a photo shoot in Wiesbaden, where a suspected counterfeit Malevich and an impressive mass of packaged artworks were presented, informed employees of the Federal Criminal Police Office, we suspect the fake pictures were painted in Israel. The question of whether images were seized in museums, denied the spokesperson of the BKA in Berlin, which is also involved in the case, in an interview with this newspaper.
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