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Happy Friday everyone!  Normally I would share with you a fake from history, but I thought it might be better to mention the uncovering of an international forgery ring, because, let’s face it, that sounds way sexier doesn’t it?

According to this article, German police were finally able to nab two suspects they believe to be the ring leaders of an art forgery ring specializing in Russian Avant Garde paintings that has, at most recent count, at least six art forgers.  Apparently this syndicate has been going on for several years, and has been selling works in the range of anywhere from a thousand euros to a million euros and more, capitalizing on the popularity of and lack of scholarship in the Russian Avant Garde movement.  Another article mentions that the forgeries would come with forged authentication documents, which coincidentally is probably how the police were able to make any charges stick for the arrests.