Quis Fabricariet Ipsos Fabricares?

Dresden art dealer Petra Kujau was found guilty of forgery this week, after passing off three hundred paintings she had come into possession of as the work of her "great-uncle", Konrad Kujau. The 51 year-old singer turned dealer would add a facsimile of Kujau senior's signature to the paintings, then sell them on at a greatly inflated price.

So far, so mundane. What makes this story particularly WU worthy is that Konrad Kujau was himself a forger, and his self-proclaimed niece was selling her forgeries as "genuine forgeries" created by her famous uncle Konrad. It all begins to make sense once you learn that Mr. Kujau did not limit himself to forging paintings, but was also known to forge the odd diary or two, specifically those of one Adolf Hitler. Although ultimately unsuccessful, his forgeries of the Hitler Diaries were good enough to fool not just many newspapers and magazines, but also at least two historians, and the unmasking of the hoax caused many a journalist and editor a red face. But the notoriety afforded Konrad Kujau as the man "behind" the Hitler diaries meant that he could command considerable sums for something a small as Hitler's signature on a card, and original "Kujau forgeries" soon became enough of a collector's item that he could make a comfortable living from them after his release from prison in 1987.

After his death in September 2000 his business was carried on by Petra Kujau, who evidently decided that one forgery was as good as another, and began importing cheap copies of famous works from Asian suppliers and passing them off as eminently more desirable "Kujau forgeries", which in one sense they were. But soon the sheer volume of Kujau forgeries on the market aroused the suspicions of at least one collector, who tipped off the police to the double forgery.

Which just leaves the question, just where can I get hold of a genuine Petra Kujau double forgery? Now that's something I'd like to own!
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Sun Sep 12, 2010
     Category: Art | Business | Crime | Frauds, Cons and Scams | Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators

Oh and the title should translate as "Who forges the forgers?" (after Juvenal), but my Latin is way rusty so I won't be in the least bit surprised to hear it doesn't.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/12/10 at 07:17 PM
they are going to jail her for faking a fake? wonder who's gonna forge her forging him forging? I mean surely she will become famous as well. which begs the question, who the hell is paying a bunch of money for a forgers work and then getting pissed cuz its a forgery. a fool and his money...
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/13/10 at 12:08 AM
Obviously if I buy a Petra Kujau double forgery now, I run the risk of someone selling me a triple forgery instead. But what if I buy a Petra Kujau forgery and it turns out to actually be a Konrad Kujau forgery instead?

Can I sue them for mistakenly passing of a forgery as a forgery of a forgery? And wouldn't that make the picture both a forgery and a forgery of a forgery of a forgery?

That must be the ultimate weird artwork, a genuine fake that was purported to be a fake fake hence making it a fake fake fake.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 09/13/10 at 06:46 AM
I love this picture of Frau Kujau, it should be titled "Portrait of the middle aged forger as a petulant teen":

Posted by Freddie Freelance on 09/13/10 at 09:42 AM
frau kujau (neighhhh)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/13/10 at 09:49 AM
Authentic fakes are worth something .. go figure ...

I like the guy/artist who makes very intricate fake money and uses it to buy meals etc. His work is highly collectible and sought after.

Doing a search I found this nice tutorial on how to make money selling fake art for all of you wanting a "piece of the action" :coolgrin:

Posted by ANON in Nowhere on 09/13/10 at 04:27 PM
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