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Forger Shaun Greenhalgh's fakes on display at V&A

Shaun Greenhalgh's forgery of Amarna Princess sculpture

A mock 3,300-year-old Egyptian statue, and fake classic paintings and Banksy prints will go on display in London.

A recreation of master forger Shaun Greenhalgh's work shed and artwork by other famous fakers will be on show at Victoria and Albert Museum.

The exhibition, presented by the Metropolitan Police's Art and Antiques Unit, also shows how to spot fake art.

A Chicago museum paid £61,225 in 1997 and Bolton Council paid £400,000 for "masterpieces" created by Greenhalgh.

The collection aims to make people aware of art crime and its impact and to give an insight into real criminal cases.

New techniques

Forgeries by John Myatt, Robert Thwaites, John Andrews and Ashley Russell will also be featured.

From 23 January until 7 February, visitors will get to see more than 100 objects - including forged versions of paintings and sculptures which would be worth £4m, if they were genuine.

Det Sgt Vernon Rapley, head of the police unit, said: "This display demonstrates that art crime is not just a topic for historic consideration.

"We hope that by highlighting some of the new techniques criminals use, we can educate people in what to look out for and encourage greater reporting of these crimes to police."



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