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Blockchain Could Aid Art Collectors in Spotting Fakes

Blockchain is a potentially revolutionary technology for all sorts of industries, from finance to food safety, social media and retail. A startup plans to use it in the notoriously opaque world of fine art to verify authenticity. Codex has developed …

West Virginia Man Charged in $500M Art Heist Fraud Scheme

A West Virginia man tried to fetch millions for two oil paintings he did not have access to and falsely claimed were stolen in the largest art heist in U.S. history, federal authorities said Monday. Todd Desper, of Beckley, West …

New Delaware Museum Exhibit Provides Insight into Art Fraud

A painting with problematic pigment. A Chanel suit dressed up with acetate trim instead of silk. A Stradivarius violin that, well, just doesn’t sound right. They’re all part of a new exhibit at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum that offers would-be sleuths …

Sotheby’s Acquires Forensic Lab in Quest to Fight Fraud

In bid to fight art fraud, Sotheby’s announced Monday that it had purchased a forensics firm whose founder once helped the auction house belatedly identify a $10 million painting as a fake. Sotheby’s said that Orion Analytical, based in Williamstown, …