Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes

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Frauds. Fakes. Trickery. Deceit! Visitors were invited to put on their CSI hat and investigate some of the most clever and costliest deceptions of our time in the captivating exhibition Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes.

Read rave reviews from the Associated Press article,which also appeared in the New York Times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer article.

Visitors discovered those infamous objects whose stories of trickery captured sensational headlines around the world! Did you know:

  • A fake Babe Ruth baseball glove sold for $200,000
  • One of the oldest and most reputable art galleries in New York shut down after selling $60 million in forged paintings
  • A “super fake” Hermes Birkin bag made it all the way through Spa Hermes for cleaning before it was discovered to be a fraud
  •  A fake 1787 Château Lafitte bottle of wine purportedly owned by Thomas Jefferson was sold to wine collector Bill Koch

Visitors learned the tricks of the trade from master forgers, what gets faked and why, how scientific methodology assists in spotting fakes, and more! Compare real and fake works, and then ask yourself, “Do you see what you think you see?

presented by dupont sponsored by freemans

*Images (clockwise): Copy of Oleanders, after Vincent Van Gogh, John Myatt,  2012, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art; Counterfeit bag in the style of Hermès Birkin, black box leather with palladium hardware, 35 cm. Private collection; Collection of confiscated vintage wine labels. Courtesy of the Federbal Bureau of Investigation, New York Office; 1890s genuine antique baseball glove that was supposedly used by Babe Ruth. Courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Office.

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