art forgery

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Art Forgery And The Charlotte Hornets 2.0

A real Giacometti and a counterfeit. Alberto Giacometti's work fetches a lot of money at auction and is ripe for forgery.
Credit Alberto Giacometti Foundation

Part One: Art Forgery and Alberto Giacometti. Counterfeits and forgeries plague the art world. Google "Pablo Picasso" or surf over to eBay and you can own your very own Picasso fake. It's something museums, galleries and artists foundations themselves are dedicated to fighting. And there's a lot of money at stake. The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti - it sold for $104 million in 2010. Because the artist's work is so valuable, it's ripe for forgeries. We'll meet the person who spends time fighting fraud and counterfeiting for the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation and hear about the Giacometti exhibit now on display at the Bechtler.

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Local News
8:32 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Giacometti, Target Of Con Artists, On Display At Bechtler

Alberto Giacometti, Femme Assise, 1956, bronze, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York, NY
Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation

The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti. It went for $104 million in 2010 - and because Giacometti's work has become so valuable, it's now a top target for counterfeiters. Charlotte has its own small claim to the artist - the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art houses a distinctive collection of Giacometti work now on display.

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