da Vinci, Pollock or Sherlock Holmes Hoax?


A New Yorker Magazine Article by David Grann raises questions about Peter Paul Biro and his fingerprint methodology he claims to use to authenticate Works of Art by Jackson Pollock and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Has Peter Paul Biro found a scientific way to authenticate Works of Art with fingerprints?

Or is Mr. Biro using a so called fingerprinting technique to create a false back story and provenance for Works of Art that actually do not have any verifiable exhibition history and ownership?

Sometimes Sellers of Art resort to creative ways in their quest to develop a false history to make worthless Art appear more valuable by creating ways that purportedly claim Authenticity.

"In a 1903 Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,” the detective discovers that a criminal has made a wax impression of a solicitor’s fingerprint and then framed him by stamping the forged fingerprint at an apparent murder scene. It was a masterpiece of villainy.”

The more things change, the more things stay the same.  Read more about Mr. Biro here.
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