Art: True or False?

In a small, brightly lighted Paris room, a group of connoisseurs intently studied a small canvas—a sunny Italian seascape dotted with boats and fishermen. After a second, a hawk-eyed old man in the center of the group shook his head. "False," he growled. "It was never executed by Corot. Take it away." Paris' celebrated art expert, 73-year-old Andre Schoeller, had just pronounced judgment on one more fake in the outbreak of art frauds that has plagued Paris since the war.

No one knows how many fakes are circulating, but enough crop up to keep...

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