A regulatory framework for the art market? Authenticity, forgery and the role of art experts

Anna Katharina Josefine Bolz

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The notion of authenticity has always commanded the attention of art market participants and the general art-minded public alike. Coinciding with this, forgery is often considered to be the world's most glamorous crime, packed with crime stories that are usually astonishing and often bizarre.

This book addresses the practical issues involved in connoisseurship and authentication as well as the legal implications that arise when an artwork's authenticity is challenged. In addition, the standards and processes of authentication are critically examined and the legal complications which can inhibit the expression of expert opinion are addressed. The research includes findings by economists, sociologists, art historians, academics and practitioners which all contribute to an insight into the mechanics and peculiarities of the art business and explain why its operation is so distinct from other markets.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Schneider, Hildegard, Supervisor
  • de Groot, Gerard, Supervisor
Award date23 Oct 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Art forgery
  • authentication
  • art experts and liability concerns

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