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The Minor Leagues of Art Fraud

Alternatively, how about Elizabeth Durack who under the made up name of Eddie Burrup, supposedly was an aboriginal artist and was able to move a prodigious number of paintings before her trickery was discovered. Moreover, Durack displayed the work of so-called aborigine, Burrup at the Native Title Now exhibition in Australia with great success. However, the greatest ruse of all was accomplished by Hugh Troy, a notorious prankster. “In 1935, the New York City Museum of Modern Art held a Van Gogh exhibition. On the theory that many attendees were more interested in the sensational aspects of Van Gogh’s life than in his art, prankster Hugh Troy molded a piece of beef, placed it in a velvet-lined box and attached a label that read: “this is the ear which Vincent van Gogh cut off and sent to his mistress, a French prostitute, December 24, 1888.” Troy smuggled this supplementary exhibit into the museum, where it attracted the greatest crowds.”[103]David Stein can knock off the most original looking Chagall’s[104] that you have ever seen in no time at all.



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