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In the latest chapter of a scandal that's jolted New York's art world, a federal jury is hearing about an immigrant art school grad who forged fakes of modern masters such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in his garage, the once-reputable Manhattan gallery that sold them and the wealthy buyers who paid millions for the knockoffs.The defense has portrayed Freedman, who wasn't charged in the criminal fraud, as a victim as well.After obtaining "Untitled, 1956" for $950,000, Freedman sold the painting to the De Soles for more than $8 million in 2004 .The defense insists Freedman was so completely conned that she paid nearly $300,000 for a phony Pollock drip painting in 2000 and displayed it in her apartment for a decade, even though artist's signature was misspelled "Pollok".It also claims art experts who saw the Rothko were believers as well, and have asked the jury to be skeptical of testimony that they never actually authenticated the work.
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