Attempted sale of a fake Van Gogh in Montpellier

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A legal procedure has just been opened for attempted gang fraud and criminal conspiracy to try to sell a fake work of art by Vincent Van Gogh. Two men were remanded in custody.

A man was trying to sell the sketch of a self-portrait of the painter Vincent Van Gogh “the man with the pipe”, exposed in Zurich in Switzerland.  The departmental police were informed, and seized the work.  They entrusted it to an expert at the Musée d’Orsay, who came back with the result: “it’s a fake”.

The seller, a 62-year-old Belgian was arrested in Montpellier with another man already convicted of fraud.  Other fake works were found at his home near Perpignan. His wife is also in custody and a fourth person, a 50-year-old man, put them in touch with a potential buyer.

“The investigation continues, to find out if these people were in connection with others in the art and counterfeiting world,” said Jean-Philippe Fougereau, director of SRPJ Montpellier.

The 50-year-old man and the woman were placed under judicial supervision, and the other two men are in custody.

Source: France 3