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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Heinrich Campendonk in the News: "German Art Forgery Scandal Reaches Hollywood"
From Der Spiegel:
Steve Martin Swindled
German Art Forgery Scandal Reaches Hollywood
The Heinrich Campendonk painting "Landscape With Horses" is believed to be a forgery.
The scope of what is believed to be Germany's biggest art forgery scandal since World War II has reached as far as Hollywood. American actor Steve Martin bought one of the fake paintings in 2004 and later sold it at a loss of some 200,000 euros.
German police believe that American actor, comedian and collector Steve Martin played a minor role as a victim in what may be Germany's biggest-ever art forgery scandal. According to investigators at Berlin's state criminal police office (LKA), the art lover purchased what he believed to be a 1915 work by the German-Dutch modernist painter Heinrich Campendonk. He bought the colorful "Landschaft mit Pferden," or "Landscape With Horses," from the Paris gallery Cazeau-Béraudière for what would have been considered the bargain price of an estimated €700,000 (around $850,000 at the time) in July 2004....MORE
Mr. Martin was tired of the old "Would you like to see my Campendonk" schtick anyway.