July 5, 1997 in Nation/World

100 Van Goghs Could Be Fakes

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Scholarly studies have found that more than 100 paintings and drawings by Vincent Van Gogh - art worth millions of dollars - may be fakes, a leading art journal says.

The Art Newspaper said the alleged fakes include one of the Dutch master’s famous Sunflowers series - sold by auctioneers Christie’s to a Japanese firm in 1987 for $39.5 million - and two self-portraits, including one owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Metropolitan Museum’s offices were closed for the July 4th holiday Friday, and no one was available to comment on the report.

In its latest edition, out Friday, the journal said two other works, “The Garden at Auvers” and “The Arlesienne,” may also be fakes, along with a portrait of Dr. Gachet, the physician who cared for the troubled artist before his suicide in 1890. That work hangs in Paris’ Musee d’Orsay.


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