We have been following with interest the trial in Cologne, Germany of four accused forgers. The trial began at the beginning of the month. Wolfgang Beltracchi, 60, is accused of organizing a scam that defrauded art collectors out of millions of dollars. Comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin is among the most high-profile victims. The 47 forgeries mimicked 20th century paintings by Kees Van Dongen, Max Ernst, Max Pechstein and Heinrich Campendonk.
Topics: Cologne, Forgery, Lempertz, Van Dongen, Max Pechstein, Germany, Otto Schulte-Kellinghaus, Wolfgang Beltracchi, Restitution, Helene Beltracchi, Heinrich Campendonk, intellectual property, connoisseurship, Max Ernst