Chicago and The North of England
A couple of years ago a stone sculpture was stolen from a country house in the North of England and eventually turned up in an Art Dealers in Chicago.
Now we hear that The Art Institute of Chicago was sold a fake Gauguin sculpture from where..... the North of England! Story here
I wonder where that Henry Moore bronze which was also stolen from the North of England is?
But now an important question ; OK so it's a fake, but for ten or more years many people have admired if not loved it. Is it now less of a work because it is not a Gauguin? Do we now relegate it to the bin? (trash can). If the Art Institute has been reembersed who owns it and is it now worth more? After all Gauguin's sculpture is generally thought to be inferior to his painting. I do not condone forgery or law breaking but this makes a good story and some red faces.