Antique Scams

Caroline Ashleigh Blog: Drama, Suspense, Intrigue: Art Crime 101

On June 13 a dozen participants and I arrived in Philadelphia for the first ever Art Crime Investigation Seminar, conducted by former FBI Special Agent, and real Indiana Jones, Robert Wittman. The week, consisting of five days of instruction and discussion with field experts and industry leaders, was a one-of-a-kind seminar in which each...

A slow economic recovery hurts archive preservation, too

The last year saw many historical auctions perform better than most auctioneers and industry spotters could have ever predicted. This growing trend doesn’t get a lot of critical attention in the mainstream media, well, except for the six-figure price tags. It appears our nation’s history is being sold off to the highest (private) bidder....

Which celebs’ sigs are faked? Top 10 list of most dangerous vintage celebrity autographs

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus, many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked “return to sender.”   Over half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif. were judged to be fakes.  Babe...

Caroline Ashleigh Blog: Fake vs. Real—Does It Matter?

Cabinet by an unknown maker, French 1580 with minor additions from the late 1850s. Carved walnut and oak with painted panels, linen and silk lining. 10 ft. 1 1/8 in. high. J. Paul Getty Museum What is fake? What is real? Who decides? Copies and forgeries of art have been around since, frankly, art....

$48 million forgery claim rocking contemporary art world

Fine and contemporary art collectors are just now discovering that a years-long  scam passed forgeries of important 20th-century paintings through major antiques auction houses such as Christie’s in London. The Observer broke the news yesterday and claims the forgeries are so exact many collectors are seeking extra reassurances their investments are authentic. The Observer...

Art Loss Register recovers Dieppe carved ivory box

Relying on its one-of-a-kind, international database of over 300,000 lost and stolen items, the Art Loss Register has recovered an ivory box stolen from a private residence in , while the theft victim sat rooms away. The theft of the delicately crafted box, executed by famed French draftsman Charles-Etienne Thomas (1787-1857), occurred in December...