Harrods hosts an old master
Friday 26 September 2008
Has the credit crunch reached even Harrods? It's not often the superior Knightsbridge store provides a cut-price option but, in these straitened times, they're offering money-saving Monets and reduced Renoirs.
This week, the Castle Fine Art gallery on the second floor unveiled an exhibition of "Masters-inspired" paintings by John Myatt, the notorious forger. Among the works for sale are his ersatz Waterlilies – a snip at £9,950 when you consider that Monet's real deal sold for £41m at Christie's this summer – and Gauguin's Girl with Fruit at £12,000.
Myatt turned to fakery to pay the bills in 1986, placing an advertisement in Private Eye offering "fakes for £200", and spent most of the following decade churning out more than 200 counterfeits. Though he used household emulsion mixed with KY Jelly, he fooled auction houses who sold his works for thousands of pounds. In 1995 he was sentenced to 12 months in Brixton prison, where he was nicknamed Picasso.
These days the prison Picasso is fully recovered from his brush with the law, dealing in his "legitimate fakes", advising on a Hollywood caper about his life, and sitting on the Government's Fraud Advisory Panel.
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
The Jump 2015 line-up: Joey Essex, Mike Tindall, Jodie Kidd and co take to the slopes
Game of Thrones: Grey Worm actor Jacob Anderson is all for more male nudity – as long as he can keep his clothes on
Roald Dahl letter warning student to 'eschew beastly adjectives' goes viral 35 years later
Our fascination with the Arctic from Greek myths to Sky Atlantic's new drama Fortitude
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures