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‘Fake Goya painting antique,worth crores’

After stumbling on what they were told was an original painting by Spanish master Francisco de Goya during a raid at a property dealer’s house in February,the Oshiwara police have recently been told by experts that although the painting is only a replica,it is still worth crores since it is an antique.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai | Published: May 16, 2012 2:22:15 am

After stumbling on what they were told was an original painting by Spanish master Francisco de Goya during a raid at a property dealer’s house in February,the Oshiwara police have recently been told by experts that although the painting is only a replica,it is still worth crores since it is an antique.

Officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Sion informed the police that the painting is a copy,but can be categorised as an antique. Antique restorers who were then contacted by the police have pegged the copy to be worth crores.

“Although the painting is a fake Goya,it is antique and worth crores,according to the antique restorers,” said Assistant Police Inspector Sanjay More from the Oshiwara police station,who is the investigating officer in the case.

Madan Singh Chouhan,Superintending Archaeologist from the ASI,said a committee set up to analyse the painting found that it was more than 75 years old,categorising it as an antique.

“From the pattern,fabric used,texture of the frame-work and the subject of the painting,the committee found that the painting was an antique,” said Chouhan.

“The exact cost evaluation,however,would be done by art restorers,” said Chouhan,adding that its value would be high,considering the painting was an antique.

An art restorer from Andheri said although the painting was a replica of a piece of art by a famous painter,it would fetch a high price. “I have not seen the painting but it is considered to be a replica of a Goya and is termed antique. It must be worth crores,” said a restorer,who did not wish to be named.

Another art restorer from Colaba said,“If a painter wants to attribute the painting to a famous painter he will use his original style and paints. The actual worth of the painting will only be determined by the archaeological department.”

The Oshiwara police are now in a quandary over where to keep the painting. Officers said they had contacted some government museums and were weighing their options on where the painting could be kept.

The police are also trying to find out how the painting reached the country and found its way to the house of the Andheri-based estate agent.

“We have asked a developer,who gave the painting to the estate agent,to submit the documents of purchase of the painting from his relative based in Uttar Pradesh,as he had claimed,” said More.

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