Investment Special: The art of the problem
Art fakes, forgeries and fraud are ever-present issues, and it is important to be able to differentiate between them, writes Kieron Wood.
'Art fakes and frauds have existed since the beginning of the history of art, even in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome," said Austrian art law expert Peter Polak of Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partners in Vienna.
"They especially prospered during the Renaissance - long before copyright law - when art was beginning to be perceived as an individual human creation, and public interest was sparked in the artist's personality.
"Back then, attribution of works to...
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