Theft and forgery from Whiteley to Warhol

While fraud is caught on camera in Victoria, Warhol walks off the wall in Missouri and an online watchdog tracks the world’s trade of fakes.
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Detail of alleged Whiteley Blue Lavender Bay was sold for $2.5 million to Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham in 2007. Photo: Supplied

This week the case over three fake Brett Whiteley paintings has resurfaced in court. The paintings were allegedly made by conservator Mohame Aman Siddique and sold by art dealer Peter Stanley Grant. The pair have consistently pleaded their innocence.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina