A reproduction of Rothko's "Untitled, 1956," which was one of several high-profile fakes that saw New York gallerists Knoedler & Company sued earlier this year.
AP/Clarick, Gueron, Reisbaum, LLP.
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In bid to fight art fraud, Sotheby's has announced that it has purchased a forensics firm whose founder once helped the auction house belatedly identify a $10 million painting as a fake.The purchase comes amid a number of recent art forgeries in the art world, including a supposed Old Master painting that was sold by Sotheby's to an art collector for $10 million in a private sale in 2011 .New York art attorney Peter Stern called Sotheby's move "brilliant" and said Martin was "one of the most highly respected art analysts in the world".Among his nearly 2,000 investigations, Martin examined the paintings in a sensational art fraud case involving the once highly respected Knoedler & Company, a Manhattan gallery accused of selling forged fakes of modern masters like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko for millions of dollars.
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