“Treasure Detectives” to host special Scottsdale show

Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith.

Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith.

How clever are the crooks who are forging and selling paintings by famous artists?

Two fake and forgeries experts are flying in from London to show how deceptive the process is.

Curtis Dowling and Andy Smith, co-stars of CNBC’s “Treasure Detectives,” will show guests how it’s done during a special free presentation, “Forgers’ Secrets Revealed: Watch Experts Create a Fake Painting” 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale.

Complimentary appetizers and cocktails will be served, and guests who answer quiz questions correctly during a fun contest prior to the 7 p.m. demonstration will win a prize, according to a press release.

“We’re planning an entertaining and educational evening,” stated Josh Levine, owner and auctioneer of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in a press release. “Curtis literally will start with a blank canvas and create a fake painting right before our eyes. Of course, he won’t sign it, but he and Andy will reveal many common tricks that forgers use to dupe unsuspecting buyers.”

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. Mr. Dowling and Mr. Smith co-star in CNBC’s weekly show “Treasure Detectives,” which takes viewers deep inside the world of arts, antiques and collectibles. The team of investigators verifies the authenticity of collectibles, artwork and antiquities using innovative technology and street smarts.

“When it comes to fake and forgeries, many people are intrigued by the process. We’ll delve into the nitty-gritty and show some of the deceitful techniques used by the world’s best forgers,” Mr. Dowling stated in the release.

Guests attending the July 29 lecture also can preview several hundred items that will be auctioned during J. Levine’s “Summer Catalog Auction” on Thursday, July 30.  The high-end auction features fine art, period furniture, decorative accessories, jewelry and more, according to the release.

The public can preview items on Wednesday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, before the auction begins at 11 a.m.

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


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