US News a crook "sold" fake Warhol for 80,000 dollars on eBay

18:25  08 april  2021
18:25  08 april  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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Une visiteuse regarde l'œuvre de l'artiste américain Andy Warhol intitulée Shadows, lors d'une exposition au Musée Guggenheim de Bilbao le 25 février 2016. © Ander Gillenea / AFP A visitor looks at the work of American artist Andy Warhol titled Shadows, at an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao on 25 February 2016.

It may seem simpler, for a counterfeit aspirant, to make the replica of a silkscreen of Andy Warhol than the canvas of a great old master. After all, is not it easier to reproduce what was thought to be reproducible? Nothing is less simple, though, as has learned at its expense a Boston crook that has just pleaded guilty, last week, for fraud and recel. The object of the offense? The attempt at sales, on eBay, two false screen printed canvases from the American artist. The doubtful authenticity of these two false, acquired in 2016 by a gallerist of Los Angeles, did not make long fire facing the warned gaze of the art merchant.

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Foundation These two allegedly authentic copies of the Shadows series had been noticed by Ron Ronlin on the sales site in Ebay line. The objects - supposed date from 1978-1979 - attracted in November 2016 the attention of this specialist collector of the figure of pop art. Always looking for the good deal, the gallerist - reassured by the images he sees on the site - contacts the seller, Brian Walshe, and begins to negotiate. Proposed for $ 100,000 by the merchant - who had acquired the two works of the years ago, for 240,000 dollars - the lot was finally sold for only $ 80,000 to Ron Ron Ron, after assured that he could well be reimbursed Within three days, in case he would not be satisfied with his purchase. But the rebate consented had enough to raise the eyebrows, since the unscrupulous supercortion of the seller was unmasked almost immediately the delivered canvases.

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Up to 20 years in prison incurs

" The buyer withdrawn the frames of the tables and found no authentication mark of the Warhol Foundation. What's more he noticed that the canvases and staples seemed new , reported US prosecutors in a statement. When he compared the tables to the photographs of the ad on eBay, they did not seem identical. The buyer concluded that the paintings he had bought at Walshe were not authentic. »The collector had actually been misled by the authentic Warhol canvases placed in stock illustration by the seller. The false, they come from South Korea, where Brian Walshe says they recovered them in the collection of an " friend ", with which he had a dispute. Unable to sell them on the normal circuit of the art market, removed from 2011 by a New York gallery for lack of possessing the sales certificate associated with the works, the American had resolved to sell these two silkscreen online. Arrested in 2018, the scammer now incurs up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000. The trial verdict is expected in August.

Warhol segmented work consisting of 102 screen printed canvases, obtained from a photograph of two shadows, Shadows (" Shadows ") is one of the most abstract productions of the American artist. Qualified by " Disco Deco " by the Figure of Pop Art, with reference to the music spent during its new York Vernissage, in 1979, this series stimizes 17 color variations in one single monumental installation which, canvas in canvas championships a rhythm resolutely varied over more than 130 meters long. The entirely of Shadows was exposed for the first time in Europe at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris in 2015-2016.

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