Wolfgang Beltracchi, the "forger of the century," created chaos in the art market with his fake paintings - and hundreds are still circulating. Now a film on the "Robin Hood of art" is showing in New York.
Helene Beltracchi, posing as her grandmother, in a pseudo-antique photo staged to lend credibility to the fictional provenances of Wolfgang Beltracchi's forgeries. Hanging on the wall at left is a fake Fernand Léger; at far right is a phony Max Ernst., From Polizei/dapd/ddp images/AP.
The Incredible Rise and Fall of High-Flying Art Scammers Helene and Wolfgang Beltracchi
Wolfgang Beltracchi in court in Cologne last fall. Inset: Red Picture with Horses, a painting supposedly by German Expressionist Heinrich Campendonk, forged by Beltracchi; it sold at auction for $3.6 million in 2006., By FEDERICO GAMBARINI/EPA/LANDOV; by Simon Vogel/picture alliance /dpa (painting).