Werner Spies to Pay Half of Max Ernst Fraud Lawsuit

May 29th, 2013

Noted Max Ernst scholar Werner Spies has been ordered to pay half of the €652,883 owed to collector Louis Reijtenbagh for the purchase of a falsely attributed work.  This is not the first time Spies has had issues over his authentication; he was fooled by noted forger Wolfgang Beltracchi in 2011 over several works he authenticated as Ernsts.

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