I just heard that a man with a stolen Monet has been caught. Good ol' fingerprints.

He cut it from a frame a museum 10 years ago, and replaced it with a painting done on cardboard. That sounds so absolutely bizarre, I'd just love to see the replacement. Did it look similar to the Monet? Or was it just a big yellow smiley face or something?

This reminds me of a story I heard in LA a week ago, and all autograph collectors that have purchased bogus signatures can relate.

A West Hollywood antiques dealer was charged for selling a phony Picasso for $2 million.

The 69-year-old Tatiana Khan was charged with wire fraud and other crimes, and could face 45 years in prison.

Khan apparently paid an artist in Sherman Oaks $1,000 in the mid-2000s, to duplicate a Picasso pastel called "The Woman in the Blue Hat." That forgery went for $2 million.

Just as I tell people before they buy a signed item...if the price is too cheap, there's probably something wrong with it.

I also wonder why the person didn't ask how there were two 'blue hats' out there? Maybe they weren't familiar with the original.

And lastly, it can make someone wonder....if rich people love a certain artist...whether that's Picasso, Pollack, Monet, or anyone -- why not pay an artist to recreate one of their pieces? So many artists can do that, and you'd be getting a painting you love, for thousands instead of millions.

Yeah, I know. Rich people don't care about the price. But still.

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Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on January 13, 2010 at 10:15am
Hmmm...maybe I should have my Van Gogh checked.
Comment by michael bartow on January 13, 2010 at 9:14pm
I guess the old saying is true "Crime never pays"
Comment by Josh Board on January 14, 2010 at 11:58pm
I should have that rotten Van Gogh ear I bought on eBay checked. I just ASSumed it was real. I mean, who else would have just a "regular ear" for sale?
To be honest, it was so decomposed, I couldn't even tell if it was a human ear. But all that being said...I think it was the best $50 I ever spent!

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