Stamps, seals, stickers,labels etc. are extremely easy to fake and can give what may seem a watertight authenticity to a work. I am seeing more and more fakes and forgeries with accompanying fake and forged indicators of authenticity. The fact that many of these fakes and forgeries are sold at just a fraction of their true value should be the first thing that automatically make one suspicious of the authenticity of the work. Sane people don’t sell works of art for a 10th of their value online if they are aware of their value and could just as easily get the full value elsewhere.
Sculpteur, modele et buste sculpte. (Sculptor, model and sculpted bust.)
17 March 1933
plate-mark 26.6 h x 19.4 w cm
fake Christie’s stamp
fake Musee d’Orsay stamp
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.