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FBI Seizes Fake Andrew Wyeth Painting

The fake painting/fbi photo

The fake painting/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but in the art world it’s not always seen that way.

The FBI announced Monday that in July it had seized a fraudulent Andrew Wyeth painting “Snow Birds” from a New York auction house .

The FBI said the  fraudulent painting, which had been valued at up to $500,000, was up for sale at a major auction house in New York.

But before the auction began, questions surfaced about its authenticity.

Mary Landa of the Brandywine River Museum, which keeps records of the original painting,  “was able to identify discrepancies showing that the painting was a skillfully executed forgery,” the FBI said. The real “Snow Birds” painting was painted by Andrew Wyeth in 1970. He died in January 2009.

The FBI said the man selling the fraudulent painting denied any wrongdoing and  agreed to forfeit it to the U.S. government.

” The fraudulent painting is being forfeited to remove it from the stream of commerce,” the FBI said.

FBI Seizes Well-Traveled Fake Andrew Wyeth Painting

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel

If only this were our biggest crime problem in America.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the FBI seized “a well-traveled forgery of a 1939 Andrew Wyeth watercolor, the fourth such counterfeit painting to surface since the artist’s death in January.” Art fraud is a multi-billion dollar industry.

The paper reported that U.S. Attorney David C. Weiss of Wilmington said the same painting — “Wreck on Doughnut Point” — has been offered for sale several times since 1998 even after Wyeth had said it was a forgery.

Authorities announced that a California man who was trying to sell the painting won’t be charged because he too thought it was real. The real painting is worth about $100,000.

Wyeth’s paintings have gotten attention from the FBI in the past including in 2001 when it recovered a painting that had been stolen from a Chicago art gallery in 1967.