Art: Leave It to the T-Men

The time-honored way of deciding the authenticity of a work of art is to call in a few experts to pass on it. But experts may disagree, as Cinemagnate William Goetz knows all too well. Last week Goetz was the proud possessor of a Van Gogh painting which had been certified not by experts but by detectives—T-men of the U.S. Treasury.

Goetz's Van Gogh, entitled Sluay by Candlelight (TIME, June 6, 1949 et seq.), had been bitterly debated by top art experts of both the U.S. and Europe. Some declared it was genuine, others were...

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