FORGERY, FORGERY FORGERY-THE BRITISH FORGER TELLS HOW HE DUPED THE AUCTION HOUSES WHAT GOOD ARE THEIR RECORDS?

JOHN MYATT: Thank you very much.

HOBSON: So your forgery career began quite honestly. You advertised your ability to paint genuine fakes, and then things got a big dodgy. Tell us what happened.

MYATT: That’s right. I was working with a number of customers, really, over a three or four-year period. I needed to stay at home. I have to give up my teaching job. I was taking care of a couple of youngsters. So the advert, genuine fakes from 250 pounds was – brought in a lot of customers. But one customer in particular kept on coming back and coming back and coming back. And after about three years, he called me up one day and said, you know, that last little cubist painting you did for me, you sold me for 250 pounds. I’ve just taken in into – I think it might have been Christie’s. I’m not sure. Could have been Sotheby’s. And they have valued it at 25,000 pounds.

HOBSON: Wow. Because they thought it was the real thing?

MYATT: Yeah, they did. They look at it and they authenticate. But he didn’t sell it through the auction house. But having got the certificate from the auction house to say that in their opinion it was authentic, he was then able to sell it through the trade.

 

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