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December 11, 2007

Only on MAN: AIC Gauguin sculpture is a fake

AICFaun2.jpgMANscoop: The Art Institute of Chicago has determined that a Paul Gauguin sculpture in the museum's collection, The Faun (c. 1888), is a fake. Sources tell MAN that director Jim Cuno told his staff today. The sculpture is now attributed to the recently sentenced Greenhalgh forgery gang of Bolton, England. The Faun was in the AIC's "Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of the South" show.

The museum purchased the sculpture from a private dealer who had acquired it at auction from Sotheby's. Documentation now believed to be counterfeit was then accepted by all parties. Cuno told AIC staff that the museum and Sotheby's are discussing compensation.

Posted December 11, 2007 3:37 PM

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