Fakes, Fears, and Findings - Disputes over the Authenticity of Artworks
Article from: TDM 2 (2014), in The New Frontiers of Cultural Law: Intangible Heritage Disputes
(Revised version 02/03/2017, correction of footnotes references) Authenticity is claimed to be the most important quality of artworks. When authenticating art, experts decide whether a work is of real cultural and economic significance. Given the high stakes involved in art authentication, owners have not refrained from commencing legal proceedings against experts. In doing so, they have attempted to coerce experts to provide or change their opinion as to the work's authenticity. Most suits fail, but the experts' fear of becoming entangled in lawsuits has soared, resulting in ...