photo_2021-10-13_11-58-04 photo_2021-10-13_11-58-03 Eli Sahai’s Ingenious Art Deception One of the most audacious schemes to sell fakes belongs to art dealer Eli Sahai. He sold both the original and a forgery based on the original. The fake was accompanied by a certificate, which the art dealer received when he bought the original. For example, a painting by Marc Chagall, “Lilac Tablecloth”, Sahai bought at auction for $ 312 thousand. He sold a copy of this work to a Japanese collector for more than $500,000, and resold the original at the same auction eight years later for $626,000. Sahai’s activities drew the attention of the FBI after the two major auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s in 2000, simultaneously put up for auction two identical paintings – “Vase with Lilies” by Paul Gauguin. The fake was intended to sell unsuspecting Japanese collector. And Sahai decided to sell the real Gauguin through a rival organization. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Continue with Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.