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Fakes and Forgeries Malcolm Kenwood Tuesday 11 June 2019

Malcolm Kenwood is a former specialist police detective, investigating art and antique crime. He was the Recoveries Director for the Art Loss Register who operate an international commercial database of stolen cultural property. Malcolm has lectured to police conferences, customs officers, auction house staff, museum employees, Interpol, FBI and specialist interest groups.

The question of fake decorative art has been in vogue for hundreds of years, however increasingly sophisticated methods are being used by criminals to generate vast profits. The lecture reveals actual case studies, demonstrating the lengths forgers will go to in passing off works as legitimate. Skilled forgers capable of imitating well known artists have provided the ability to dupe many at the highest level within the art market. Estimates suggest that a high percentage of all works within the art market are fake. These scams ultimately inflict considerable damage to colllectors and the trade.