Martin Lang should have thought twice before contacting British reality show Fake or Fortune. The Yorkshire-based businessman was pretty confident when he contacted the BBC. He hoped to acquire the papers he needed to sell the little Chagall he purchased 20-or-so years ago on the advice of a Russian art dealer who was employed by a major British auction house at the time. The Nu allongé that he had paid £100,000 for would have been worth £500,000 today if it had really been painted by Marc Chagall in 1909-1910. Unfortunately for Mr Lang, the show’s experts proved that some of the pigments used dated from after 1930. The painting was submitted to the Chagall committee in Paris, which is run by the artist’s granddaughters, and is to be burned before a judge as stipulated by French law. Food for thought?
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