Art: Fakes

It is nothing new for artists to fake antiques. Nor is it new for confidence men to take in wealthy suckers by posing as artists. But in France and in Lexington, Ky. last week two extraordinarily clever fakers provided two new twists to an old gag.

Back in April 1937, a peasant named Jean Gonon was doing his spring plowing on a farm not far from Lyon, when he uncovered a figure of Venus. Features and limbs were damaged, but otherwise the figure, a gentle drape about its hips, was in beautiful shape. Officials...

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