Fake or forgery? ‘Treasure’ stars visit local gallery to offer fine-art advice

Think you can spot a fake or forgery?

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal invites resident to take a chance at examining several items that could be fake or real during a special presentation, “Fake or Fabulous Find? Tips for Purchasing Antiques, Fine Art & More.”

With nearly 25 years of experience as an antiques dealer and forgeries expert, Curtis Dowling is highly respected as a leading International authority in his field. He is the presenter of the hit series “Treasure Detectives,” which airs on CNBC Prime Time.

With nearly 25 years of experience as an antiques dealer and forgeries expert, Curtis Dowling is highly respected as a leading International authority in his field. He is the presenter of the hit series “Treasure Detectives,” which airs on CNBC Prime Time.

The free lecture featuring Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, co-stars of CNBC’s “Treasure Detectives,” takes place 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served, and guests who correctly identify the items on display as fake or real will win a prize.
J. Levine is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

The event coincides with the April 24 release of the action thriller movie, “The Forger,” starring John Travolta. Josh Levine, auctioneer and owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, said he hopes the movie and the auction house’s lecture increases awareness of a growing global problem.

“Forgers are becoming more skilled and cunning, and the advent of new technologies continue to assist them in their deceptive practices,” Mr. Levine said. “Don’t be duped — spend an evening listening to two renowned fake and forgeries experts — it’s a good investment of time that may save you thousands of dollars in the long run.”

Mr. Dowling, a highly respected leading international authority in his field, has starred in numerous BBC television programs and served as the consultant for the critically-acclaimed 2012 documentary, “Elizabeth Taylor: Auction of a Lifetime.”

Investors, museums and private art companies hire him to confirm both the authenticity of art and antiques they are considering buying, and to purchase key pieces for their collection, or investigate lost or stolen art and antiques.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my nearly 30 years of authenticating rare and historic items, it’s that anything can be forged. We’re planning a fun, interactive evening that will challenge your mind and inspire you to become your own detective,” Mr. Dowling said.

Guests attending the April 29 lecture also can preview approximately 300 items that will be auctioned during J. Levine’s “Spring Catalog Auction” April 30. The high-end auction features an original 1960 “Ocean’s 11” movie poster signed by all of the members of the Rat Pack; the first edition of Playboy magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover and in the centerfold’ an original Pablo Picasso pencil drawing, fine art, period furniture, decorative accessories, jewelry and more.

The public can preview items 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 and again starting at 9 a.m. on April 30 before the auction begins at 11 a.m.

For information, visit www.jlevines.com or call 480-496-2212.

 

Click here to view a video of Curtis Dowling discussing the dangers of fakes and forgeries.

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