Masterpiece or Forgeries? Terrus Museum in France, Diamonds from the Glass in Prague + 3 Other Fooled Museums With Fake Artifacts

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Nothing strikes fear into the heart of an art collector or museum like the possibility that a prized work of art might actually be a . Despite the best efforts of experts, there are still a lot of forgeries could be found worldwide.

Nexter.org made a list of museums that were fooled and kept worthless things instead of masterpieces.

French museum 

A state-owned French art museum has discovered that more than half of its collection consists of worthless fakes! Experts confirmed that 82 of the 140 works displayed at the Terrus museum in Elne, the artist’s birthplace in southern France, were frouds.

Many of the forged oil paintings, watercolours and drawings were bought with £140,000 of municipal funds over the past few decades. Others were given to the museum by two local groups that raised money to buy them by appealing for donations. Some were bequeathed by a private collector.

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Source: AFP

“Etienne Terrus was Elne’s great painter. He was part of the community, he was our painter,” said mayor Yves Barniol.

“Knowing that people have visited the museum and seen a collection, most of which is , that’s bad. It’s a catastrophe for the municipality.”

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Source: Raymond Roig/AFP/Getty Images

Jibaozhai Museum in Hebei 

A museum in China had to close after it turned out few fakes were in the vast collection. According to the a consultant to the Jibaozhai Museum in Jizhou, 80 or even more pieces out of tens of thousands in the museum are authentic but nearly 40,000 are forgeries.

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Source: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Prague National Museum

Diamonds and sapphires kept at the Czech National Museum in Prague and thought to be worth millions have been found to be .

A 5-carat diamond acquired by the museum in 1968 has been revealed to be a worthless piece of cut glass during an audit by concerned curators.

Meanwhile a 19-carat sapphire bought by the museum for 200,000 crowns (£7,000) in 1978 has been found to be a cheap imitation worth only a fraction of that sum.

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Source: dailymail.co.uk

Half of the museum’s collection of rubies are also thought to be fakes.

It is not known if the stones were already when they were acquired by the Museum in the 60s and 70s.

Uzbek State Art Museum

The Uzbek State Art Museum discovered that over the course of 15 years, its collection was systematically pillaged by a group of employees, at least three of whom have since been convicted.

Over 25 works by European artists, including Renaissance great Lorenzo di Credi and modern Russian artists Victor Ufimtsev and Alexander Nikolaevich, were swapped out for copies. The employees then sold the originals on the black market for a pittance.

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Source: advantour.com

Turkey’s State Art and Sculpture Museum in Ankara

Turkey’s State Art and Sculpture Museum in Ankara also was involved in a scandal. A group of museum officials and criminals are believed to have teamed up to steal some 302 works from the institution between 2005 and 2009. The crime was discovered in 2012, when the museum realized that 46 pieces in the collection had been replaced by copies. Another 30 works also raised suspicion.

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Source: expedia.com

The case was solved in late 2014 thanks to a tip from an anonymous caller.


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