The Age - Word of accused art forgers good enough for expert

Aboriginal Art Directory | 26.10.07

Kate Hagan
October 25, 2007

A WORLD expert on Australian Aboriginal art has told a court he accepted at face value what a couple, now accused of art forgery, told him about the history of a painting he later sold for $58,000.

Judge Roland Williams was incredulous as Crispin Gutteridge, formerly of Sotheby's, said he believed the Toorak couple's story about their acquisition of the supposed Rover Thomas work because his auction house had relied on a similar history when it sold another painting by the same artist years earlier.


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