Monday, April 23, 2007

Simple Shopper Buys Again From Daley Fine Art

Straight up- it's a genuine Van Goggin

Hard on the heels of the National Portrait Gallery's £100,000 purchase of the "Lady Jane Grey" portrait from that "anonymous man" in Streatham, Bolton Council has pulled off its own Antiques Roadshow coup.

Their triumph involved a 3,000 year old Egyptian:

"The offer from the antiques dealer seemed too good to be true. He had a 3,000-year-old Egyptian artefact, a statue of King Tut's half-sister, which had been in his family for more than a century.

And although it was worth £1million, he was prepared to sell it to his local authority for a knockdown £440,000 so it could remain in his home town."

Er... sorry... home town? Surely those 3,000 year old Egyptians lived a bit further east than Bolton. Bradford maybe.

Well, guess what. It turns out to have been a fake, chiselled to order by a couple of octogenerians (no really) in some backstreet Bolton lock-up.

All you can say is that A Daley must have done a truly historic job on Bolton's puffed up local "leaders". At the time of acquistion, Councillor Laurie Williamson, spokesman on culture, came up with the immortal line:

'This latest addition will enhance Bolton's reputation as a cultural destination.'

Laurie... mate... I need to break this gently.

£440 grand. Laugh or cry?

I'm thinking of knocking up a couple of Rembrandts- painted while he was holidaying with the Dick Van Dykes in the Woking area. It's a documented fact that they shared the Presidential Suite at the Holiday Inn Express.

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