The Guinness Book of Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries

The Guinness Book of Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries

by IanCrofton (Editor), RichardNewnham (Author)


What makes someone devote hours of meticulous calligraphy to writing a passable lost Shakespeare play? Why does a superb painter like Van Meegeren turn from being the best student of his generation to the perpetrator of such masterly imitations that the leading authorities on Dutch painting were hoodwinked? The motives of forgers are not always simple and certainly not always financial. Here are accounts of the stories behind some of the surprising and diverse people who have slipped, sometimes almost inadvertently, into fraud and forgery, falsifying scientific evidence, finding Hitler's diaries, printing vast numbers of dollar bills, or producing works which, although fraudulent, have a considerable artistic value.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Publisher: Guinness World Records Limited
Published: Oct 1991

ISBN 10: 0851129757
ISBN 13: 9780851129754