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Master Forger Reveals Tricks - Bolton Amarna Princess (2003)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:21 pm    Post subject: Master Forger Reveals Tricks - Bolton Amarna Princess (2003) Reply with quote

"Master forger who tricked museum into paying £440k for fake Egyptian relic reveals tricks of his trade" (Mirror Online - Paul Britton, 19 Dec 2015)
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"Shaun Greenhalgh's work was authenticated by top experts - but they had all been conned

A master forger who tricked a museum into paying almost half a million pounds for an 'Egyptian relic' he built in a shed has revealed how he pulled off the con.

Shaun Greenhalgh's statue was bought by Bolton Museum for £440,000 after being authenticated by some of the world's top experts - even though he built in his dad’s garden shed ‘with a B&Q saw and a bit of elbow grease’.

The ‘Amarna Princess’ statue was heralded as a 3,000-year-old masterpiece from the time of the Pharaohs, with both London’s Christie’s auction house and the British Museum confirming the 20 inch-high alabaster sculpture was the real deal.

The Bolton Museum then bought it in 2003. But it was later unmasked as a highly-detailed fake and Greenhalgh was jailed for four years in 2007.

The court case attracted worldwide attention, as it emerged that he had fooled art experts for years by passing off fake works as genuine. ...

... In the book, A Forger’s Tale, he apologises to curators Bolton Museum and said most of the cash was ‘untouched and returned’. ..."

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