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Purported Jasper Johns Bronze Seized by FBI

FBI Seizes Counterfeit Jasper Johns Sculpture

Posted: September 08, 2013 15:17 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

The FBI arrested Brian Ramnarine, 58, on charges he created a purported Jasper Johns Bronze Flag sculpture and attempted to sell it for $11 million. In 1990, Jasper Johns had provided Mr. Ramnarine with a mold so that he could create a wax cast, which he completed for the Artist.   Although Mr. Ramnarine claimed the wax mold was destroyed, he allegedly created a 1989 Bronze Flag resembling a Jasper Johns Flag Work and also "forged the artist's signature on the sculpture", prosecutors said.   The FBI began an investigation in 2010 when "Ramnarine tried to sell the bronze pie...


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Why Did eBay Enable Convicted Banksy Art Forgers?

Posted: July 29, 2011 14:12 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

Two UK Banksy Art Forgers, each enabled by eBay's lack of consumer fraud protection, received suspended sentences, even though each sold hundreds of Banksy Counterfeits, deceiving countless eBay Buyers.  These eBay Buyers now have worthless Art along with worthless Certificates of Authenticity.  Thus far, over 120 fake Banksy's sold by the two con men have been recovered, which, if genuine, are  valued in excess of $350,000. Lee Parker and Grant Champkins-Howard were convicted of selling hundreds of  Banksy Counterfeits, yet a UK judge only sentenced them...


Chinese Vase Sold For $18 million

Did Sotheby's Document $18 million Vase Correctly?

Posted: May 11, 2011 06:40 Last Updated: | Joseph K. Levene

A Chinese Vase expected to sell for $800. to $1,200., was sold by Sotheby's New York for an astonishing $18 million on March 22, 2011. Described as an unusual famille rose and gold decorated vase, an Anonymous Sotheby's bidder paid $18 million for this 20 century porcelain. The Chinese Vase was among 300 lots consigned by J.T. Tai and Company, a well-known  Dealer of Chinese Porcelain; the Sotheby's Sale realized $36.3 million and took nine hours to complete. Why did Sotheby's estimate the $18 million Chinese Vase at only $800-$1,200? Sotheby's felt there was no actual...


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