Another Day, Another Forgery Scam

The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) has blown the whistle on another Jackson Pollock forgery scam. The operation apparently targeted buyers outside of the normal network of established galleries and auction houses - offering supposed Pollocks in the range of thousands rather than millions of dollars.

The works were accompanied by a complicated but bizarre set of documents purporting to establish provenance extending back to a reclusive German immigrant named James Brennerman, who went insane and bequeathed his "two truckloads" of Pollocks to his domestic servants -- who then sold the cache to a strip club owner based in Roanoke, VA. The Brennerman character and his domestic workers appear to be entirely fictional.

IFAR has identified 24 Pollock forgeries arising from the same source, although it expects that many more were sold through the scheme and remain in circulation.