Florida man convicted of trying to sell Damien Hirst fakes
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Florida man convicted of trying to sell Damien Hirst fakes

Florida man convicted of trying to sell Damien Hirst fakes
Reports emerging all over the media reveal that a Florida pastor has been very recently convicted in New York for trying to sell few fakes items of work of art. The artwork reportedly belongs to well-known British millionaire, artist Damien Hirst. The painting was being sold to an undercover detective for $185,000. Hirst is considered as the most famous of the young British artists who dominated the art scene during the 1990s decade.

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A person named Kevin Sutherland was being tried by the jury in the State Supreme Court. Sutherland reportedly faces a maximum of 7 years imprisonment if convicted. The man who according to news report specializes in art dealing, however had approached the global auction house Sotheby’s in December 2012 with a purported Hirst painting. However Sotheby’s while trying to authenticate the painting at the original Hirst' London studio termed the piece as a fake. Following these revelations the auction house contacted the district attorney's office and an undercover police detective inquired the pastor about Hirst’s artwork that was put up for sale. Sutherland then offered five of Hirst's paintings which he insisted to be authentic for an exorbitant amount of $1,85,000. Fortunately the fraudster’s luck ran out and he was arrested on 8th February while he was in the process of accepting the payment from the undercover detective. After the arrest Hirst's studio confirmed all the 5 pieces to be forgeries. The pastor reportedly admitted that he had previously sold several artworks. District Attorney Cyrus Vance welcomed the verdict and admitted that it is important to hold accountable those people who fraudulently try to sell artwork since to it is vital to preserve the integrity of this market.
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