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Tag: Picasso

Calif. Woman Gets 7 Years in Huge TV Auction Art Scam

Pablo Picasso probably would not have been flattered.

Pablo Picasso probably would not have been flattered.

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not in the art world — particularly when it means duping unsuspecting collectors.

Kristine Eubanks, 52, of La Canada, Calif., was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to seven years in prison for selling through a televised auction fake art by such legends as Picasso, Dali and Chagall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess, during sentencing, called the multimillion-dollar fraud scheme “audacious in its scope” and “blatantly illegal.”

Kristine Eubanks, 52, is serving time for what a judge called an “audacious” scheme to sell forged pieces of art like this fake Marc Chagall painting.

Authorities charged that the scam was run through a company called Fine Art Treasures Gallery, which operated an art auction on Friday and Saturday nights on DirectTV and the Dish Network from 2002 to 2006.

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FBI Busts West Hollywood Woman for Allegedly Selling Fake Picasso Painting for $2 million

The Fake Picasso/gov photo

The Fake Picasso/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The old saying goes that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

But the FBI in Los Angeles apparently isn’t buying that one — at least not this time.

The FBI has busted a West Hollywood antiques dealer who has been charged with fraud  in a scheme that involved the sale of a fake Pablo Picasso painting for $2 million.

According to authorities, antiques dealer Tatiana Khan, 69, paid an artist $1,000 to fabricate the painting — a 1902 pastel called “La Femme Au Chapeau Bleu,” or “The Woman in the Blue Hat”

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