. An Artist Sold a Fake ‘Basquiat’ Frame for $780,000 at a Top Art Fair. Now He Says It Was a Prank « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – A wooden picture frame attributed to Jean-Michel Basquiat and offered for $3 million at TEFAF New York in 2017 has been outed as a fake by the artist who sold it, André Heller, according to a report in the Austrian paper Falter. Heller made the misattribution during a conversation with the art historian and leading Basquiat expert Dieter Buchhart in 2016. He has now dismissed the scandal as a prank. However he labels it, Heller benefited financially when he managed to sell the frame for €800,000 ($780,000) in 2018—with the clause “there is no certificate of authenticity” written in the sale contract.


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