|Looking miserable: not surprising,|
since she's about to be burned
"A businessman has been told a painting he paid £100,000 for will be burned after it was ruled a fake. Martin Lang bought what he thought was an original work by Russian-born artist Marc Chagall in 1992. His son called in experts from BBC One's Fake Or Fortune? to examine it, and the painting underwent tests to determine whether it was genuine. It was sent to the Chagall Committee in Paris, who said it was fake and would be burned under French law. ...Can any readers tell us if there really is an entitlement under French law to burn a painting that is sent for authentication? This seems quite remarkable, especially if one considers the position of a painter whose work, sold to a buyer, is then purchased by a third party who believes it to be the work of a modern French master and sends it for authentication without the real artist even knowing.
The Chagall Committee is run by the artist's grandchildren to protect his reputation in the art world.
Mr Lang, 63, a property developer from Leeds, has asked the committee to mark the watercolour - a nude said to date from 1909-10 - as a forgery and then return it or give him a guarantee he will be reimbursed if it is later ruled as genuine.
He is still waiting for a reply".