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These Paintings Can’t Be Real, Can They?

So this woman, Glafira Rosales, showed up at vaunted New York dealer Knoedler and Company in 1995 toting what she said was a previously unknown Mark Rothko. Gallery president Ann Freedman liked the work enough that she wound up buying it for herself. And so the saga began. Over the ensuing decade, Rosales would periodically show up at Knoedler’s headquarters on the Upper East Side with more canvases by, she claimed, Pollock, Motherwell and de Kooning, among others – all of them previously unknown to the market, all of unknown provenance. Now one of the works has been formally labeled a forgery in court, and the FBI’s looking into the matter. Delicious. You gotta love an art mystery. (FULL ARTICLE: Patricia Cohen, The New York Times)

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