MAKING MILLIONS ON COUNTERFEIT ART
When the gallery owner Glarifa Rosales' admitted to have sold counterfeit art for two decades in September last year, New York's art scene was left shocked and appalled. Cashing in an astounding 80 million dollars, Rosales sold professional imitations of American modernist artists such as Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Buyers were told the paintings were previously unknown work inherited by an anonymous seller. The real painter was in fact Pei-shen Qian, a 73-year-old Chinese immigrant who made the paintings in his garage in Queens. It has been questioned how so many influential and knowledgeable buyers weren't able to spot the inauthentic nature of the work, but it seems the value of the pieces meant many turned a blind eye. Perhaps Pei-shen Quian's ability to imitate so many different artists should be celebrated. It certainly can't be any easy feat.
Long Island gallery owner Glafira Rosales with her lawyers.