Group That Made False Picassos Discovered

German police with the help of the Picasso Museum of Münster in Germany has discovered an international group that made false works of Pablo Picasso. A series of works presented for auction were discovered to be false.

According to Markus Müller, director of the museum and Marcus Schoenfelder, the chief of the Berlin Police, the head of the group is an Italian that was arrested in July. The person was arrested after offering seven false etchings in the Rome office of Sotheby’s.

The band had managed to sell several false etchings through an auction house in Berlin, some of them identical to the ones offered in Rome.

The buyers though, suspected something was wrong because the paper and the signatures in the etchings were strange. After informing thepolice, the Münster Museum checked the works.

Müller stated, “None of the etchings were authentic, although they were very well done and with a lot of hard work.”

The band had also tried to sell etchings in the New York office of Sotheby’s. The Italian that was arrested stated that he inherited the works.

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