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F for Forensics

BY INGRID DUDEK

Chasing windmills in the art market

All illustrations by Marta Grossi, based on film stills from F is For Fake (1974) by Orson Welles. 

It is said that strong economic times breed white-collar crimes, and the ostentatious transactions associated with the art market would seem a plausible, fertile host for turbid agendas. On a recent trip to Hong Kong, I was invited to meet with a group of investors with mysterious intent. After a decade or so in the auction business, I have learned that those…

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