By Lori Spencer
Even before his death in 2009 at the age of 91, American painter Andrew Wyeth was a victim of art counterfeiters. One well-known fake in circulation since 1998 was openly decried by the artist himself. Four known forgeries have emerged since his death. In early October 2010, the FBI Art Crime Team announced the seizure of a forged 1939 Wyeth painting “Wreck on Doughnut Point,” valued at more than $100,000.
Art forgery is a $6-billion industry worldwide, according to the FBI. If you’re looking to add an authentic Wyeth print to your collection, follow these steps to better protect yourself against fraud.