Forgery Scandal Update: Sotheby’s to investigate potential fake

In an update on the forgery scandal that has shocked the art world, Sotheby’s New York announced that it is investigating a painting attributed to 16th century Old Master Parmigianino as a potential fake.

The painting of Saint Jerome fetched over US$800,000 (£653,777) at auction at Sotheby’s New York in January 2008 when it was attributed to the ‘circle of Parmigianino’. When a private collector lent it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for exhibition in 2014, curators from the European painting department discussed the attribution with leading Parmigianino experts but could not agree on whether it was painted by the artist himself or those close to him. Continue reading

$8.3m Rothko forgery brings misery to Manhattan

The Chairman of Sotheby’s Board of Directors, Domenico de Sole, has told a Manhattan courtroom that his wife Eleanore is so devastated by being sold a worthless forgery of a Mark Rothko work that she cries every night.

Mr De Sole was speaking under cross-examination by a lawyer for the Knoedler Gallery after he took the stand in federal court last Wednesday (27 January) during the first week of a forgery trial.   Continue reading