Disturbing. Very disturbing.
High-priced allegedly fake posters – to the tune of $2 million – have been discovered so far.
According to the Web site www.learnaboutmovieposters.com:
to knowledgeable sources, the scheme to produce these fake posters involved
taking lower end vintage poster materials (i.e. posters that do not command
high dollars), sanding the existing images off , and affixing high-resolution
images of the sought-after posters to the sanded materials. These posters
would then be painted/airbrushed to give the posters the vintage authentic
look of a poster that had been repaired. These fraudulently produced posters were either sold or used for trades
for legitimate original material. For the past three years, it is estimated
that over $2 million in fake posters have been put into the collector’s market.
The alleged perpetrators have been named in two civil lawsuits which are addressed
plot to defraud millions of dollars from unsuspecting collectors quickly began
to unfold over the last few months. A knowledgeable collector purchased one
of the alleged fake posters from a reputable auction house. The collector
recognized that something was not right and returned the item. The auction
house then hired a poster restoration expert to determine if this poster was
indeed a fake. Once it was determined that it was, other posters provided
by the alleged perpetrator (the defendant named in the two civil lawsuits)
were also evaluated by a number of different poster restoration experts.
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